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Peripartum Embolism 

Peripartum Embolism
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Peripartum Embolism
Author(s):

Elizabeth M. S. Lange

, and Paloma Toledo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190226459.003.0046
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date: 27 February 2020

Embolic disease during pregnancy is a significant contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality. The most common type of embolism is venous air embolism, but this is rarely symptomatic or hemodynamically significant. However, both thromboembolism and amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) are associated with significant maternal risk, and in the case of AFE, frequent major hemodynamic sequelae and fatal results ensue. As each class of embolic disease has slightly different risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and treatment, they will each be discussed in separate sections in this chapter with an overview of these components.

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