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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE AMNIOTIC FLUID EMBOLISM DURING PREGNANCY 

 

What is amniotic fluid embolism?

Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is one of a handful of catastrophic complications that can occur during pregnancy. It is a serious, potentially life-threatening reaction to the presence of amniotic fluid and fetal debris (such as cells or hair) in the pulmonary circulation of a pregnant woman. Although the term “embolism” usually refers to something traveling in the blood that mechanically obstructs circulation when it gets stuck, AFE is more like anaphylaxis, the very severe kind of allergic reaction that you may have heard people having in association with a particular food or drug.


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