Effective Management Of Patients With Amniotic Fluid Embolism In The Intensive Care Unit: Two Case Reports

  • Leonidas Grigorakos National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Nikolaos Markou
  • Daria Lazarescu
  • Katerina Tzortzopoulou
  • Magda Gkouni
  • Eleni Papaioannou
  • Maria Bikou
  • Athanasios Moles


Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) is a rare complication of the intra- and early post-partum period, which may also be encountered with cesarean delivery and during abortions. Its symptompatology includes respiratory distress with cyanosis, shock and possibly tonic-clonic seizures. Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) frequently occurs and is usually fatal. The aim of this case report is to present the positive outcome and our gained experience from two cases suffering from AFE. Thus, we analyze the case of two patients, in the second trimester of pregnancy who presented symptoms of AFE. Our study reveals that in the case of patients with AFE, early diagnosis, prompt management and proper treatment increase survival rate and may ensure complete recovery in a relatively short period of time. However, DIC is a serious aggravating factor which makes the recovery process slower.



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How to Cite
GRIGORAKOS, Leonidas et al. Effective Management Of Patients With Amniotic Fluid Embolism In The Intensive Care Unit: Two Case Reports. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, oct. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2724>. Date accessed: 18 apr. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.3823/2527.
Obstetrics & Gynecology