Amniotic Fluid Embolism Symptoms?

Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare emergency in pregnant females. Experts believe that small amounts of the amniotic fluid, fetal cells, hair or other material escape from the fetal circulation and enter the motherís circulation where it causes harm. The most common cause of death after amniotic fluid embolism has been due to respiratory failure.
What are the symptoms of Amniotic Fluid Embolism? How can you know you have it?

asked by Audrina in Diseases & Conditions | 4759 views | 12-01-2009 at 02:39 PM

Amniotic Fluid Embolism is very rare so, some doctor may not be aware of the symptoms. This is how you can tell you have it.

Symptoms:

The patient experiences acute shortness of breath and hypotension. This rapidly progresses to cardiac arrest as the chambers of the heart fail to dilate and there is a reduction of oxygen to the heart and lungs. Not long after this stage the patient will lapse into a coma. 50% die within the first hour of symptoms.

Although many women do not survive beyond the first stage, about 40 percent of the initial survivors will pass onto the second phase. This is known as the hemorrhagic phase and may be accompanied by severe shivering, coughing, vomiting, and the sensation of a bad taste in the mouth. This is also accompanied by excessive bleeding as the blood loses its ability to clot. Collapse of the cardiovascular system leads to fetal distress and death unless the child is delivered swiftly.

answered by Gus | 12-01-2009 at 02:40 PM

Symptoms can be shivering, anxiety, cough, vomiting and the sensation of a bad taste in your mouths. Foetal distress is often present. Up to 50% of patients die withing the first hour after the onset of their symptoms. Of the survivors, pulmonary oedema has been observed in anywhere from 24% to 70% of cases.

answered by Todd Pack | 12-01-2009 at 02:41 PM

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