Amniotic Fluid Embolism Questions & Answers

Updated: May 13, 2019
  • Author: Lisa E Moore, MD, MS, FACOG, RDMS; Chief Editor: Carl V Smith, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the pathophysiology of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What causes amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the prevalence of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What are the racial predilections of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

Which age groups are at highest risk for amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the prognosis of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What are the possible complications of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the risk of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) recurrence in subsequent pregnancies?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What are the diagnostic criteria for amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

DDX

What is the initial treatment of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

How is an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) type 2 characterized?

What are the differential diagnoses for Amniotic Fluid Embolism?

Workup

Which radiographic findings are characteristic of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What monitoring is required for women with suspected amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the role of ABG readings in the workup of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the role of CBC count in the workup of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the role of coagulation studies in the workup of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the role of fibrinogen measurement in the workup of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the role of blood type and screen in the workup of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the role of ECG in the workup of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

Treatment

How is amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) treated?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to women with amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

When is patient transfer needed for the treatment of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)?

Which medications in the drug class Uterotonics are used in the treatment of Amniotic Fluid Embolism?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Amniotic Fluid Embolism?

Which medications in the drug class Inotropes/inotropic agents are used in the treatment of Amniotic Fluid Embolism?

Which medications in the drug class Sympathomimetic/vasopressor agents are used in the treatment of Amniotic Fluid Embolism?

Which medications in the drug class Alpha/Beta Agonists are used in the treatment of Amniotic Fluid Embolism?