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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115-117

Amniotic fluid embolus in the absence of disseminated intravascular coagulation and respiratory failure: A diagnostic challenge

Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK

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Dr. Fiona C Oglesby
Department of Anaesthesia, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath, Avon, BA1 3NG
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joacc.JOACC_33_18

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Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a potentially catastrophic complication unique to pregnancy, characterised by its poorly understood pathophysiology and diverse clinical manifestations. We present the case of a 37-year-old G1P1 mother, who developed sudden cardiovascular collapse in the immediate post-partum period. We detail the diagnostic uncertainty surrounding the condition and use this case to illustrate the clinical spectrum of AFE presentation.

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