Amniotic fluid embolism causing severe left ventricular dysfunction and death: case report and review of the literature

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Milwaukee Heart Institute of Sinai Samaritan Medical Center


Hemodynamic instability in amniotic fluid embolism has previously been demonstrated only by right heart catheterization. We present detailed documentation obtained by echocardiography and cardiac catheterization of a 35-year-old woman who developed amniotic fluid embolism and died from severe left ventricular dysfunction and wide QRS complex tachycardia despite intensive medical therapy (inotropes) and mechanical (intraaortic balloon pump) support.

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Case Report

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