Severe maternal respiratory distress due to the amniotic fluid embolism syndrome in a twin pregnancy

G. M N de Rooij, H. P M M Gelissen, J. P J Wester*, J. J. Spijkstra, A. T J J Go, A. R J Girbes

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Abstract

A 28-year-old female with twin pregnancy at 29 6/7 weeks who was having premature uterine contractions developed acute respiratory failure due to sudden pulmonary oedema requiring mechanical ventilation. No evidence for venous thromboembolism, pulmonary infection or myocardial infarction was found. Subsequently a mild coagulopathy and foetal distress developed. Ultrasonography revealed oligohydramoios of one of the foetuses. A Caesarean section was performed and postoperatively mother and babies had an uneventful clinical course. By exclusion of other causes, we diagnosed severe maternal acute respiratory distress due to the amniotic fluid embolism syndrome in a twin pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-339
Number of pages3
JournalNetherlands Journal of Medicine
Volume61
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2003

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