Echocardiographically detected mass "in transit" in early amniotic fluid embolism.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Amniotic fluid embolism is a catastrophic illness related to the passage of fetal material into the pulmonary circulation causing cardiovascular collapse. CASE: A 29-year-old female sustained cardiopulmonary arrest during delivery presumably due to amniotic fluid embolism. A right atrial mass "in transit" was detected by echocardiography. It had an appearance and pattern of motion that was suggestive of a gelatinous consistency and is likely to have been an amniotic fluid embolus. There was also evidence of acute right ventricular overload. CONCLUSION: We recommend that echocardiography be considered early on such conditions to gain more insight into the pathogenesis of this complication.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Saad, A; El-Husseini, N; Nader, GA; Gharzuddine, W

Published Date

  • August 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 332 - 335

PubMed ID

  • 16095975

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1525-2167

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.euje.2005.06.012


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England