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Obstetric and fertility patients 

Obstetric and fertility patients
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Obstetric and fertility patients
Author(s):

Martin Beed

, Richard Sherman

, and Ravi Mahajan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696277.003.0013
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date: 26 May 2019

Critical illness in pregnancy

Severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia

HELLP syndrome

Anaphylactoid syndrome of pregnancy

Massive obstetric haemorrhage

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

Any critical illness may complicate pregnancy, or the postpartum period; especially sepsis and thromboembolic disease. Pregnancy-related illnesses may also require critical care intervention, including: pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, the HELLP syndrome, major haemorrhage, and anaphylactoid syndrome of pregnancy (amniotic fluid embolism). As with any critical illness, life-threatening problems are identified and treated first....

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