Posts Tagged ‘amniotic-fluid embolism’

40-Year-Old Woman with Postpartum Dyspnea and Hypoxemia

Posted by Sara Fazio • July 18th, 2014

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 40-year-old woman was admitted to this hospital 10 days post partum because of dyspnea and hypoxemia associated with leg edema and blood-tinged sputum. Diagnostic procedures were performed. Causes of dyspnea and hypoxemia in the peripartum period are predominantly of pulmonary or cardiovascular origin, the… Read More…

Cardiac Arrest after a Cesarean Section

Posted by Sara Fazio • December 28th, 2012

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 43-year-old woman had bradycardia, hypotension, and apnea after cesarean section for placenta previa. Examination revealed pulseless electrical activity. Diagnostic procedures were performed, and management decisions were made. There are three varieties of emboli to be considered in an obstetrical emergency. A thrombotic pulmonary embolus… Read More…