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Chest diseases in pregnancy 

Chest diseases in pregnancy
Chest diseases in pregnancy

Meredith Pugh

, and Tina Hartert

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date: 02 March 2021

Respiratory changes in pregnancy include an increase in tidal volume and minute ventilation, leading to a primary respiratory alkalosis. This chapter examines the various chest conditions arising in pregnancy—these include: amniotic fluid embolism—unique to pregnancy; venous air embolism—a rare condition that can occur in pregnancy; venous and pulmonary thromboembolism—pregnancy is a risk factor; pulmonary oedema—this can be caused by heart disease, as in the non-pregnant state, but it can also be associated with pre-eclampsia or HELPP syndrome and be induced by tocolysis; aspiration; varicella pneumonia—a potentially devastating complication of primary varicella-zoster virus infection; and influenza, which is associated with increased maternal morbidity.

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