Temporary Extracorporeal Circulatory Support and Pulmonary Embolectomy for Catastrophic Amniotic Fluid Embolism


  • Michael S. Firstenberg
  • Erik Abel
  • Danielle Blais
  • Katja Turner
  • Mona Halim-Armanios
  • Galina Dimitrova
  • David Cohn
  • Philip Samuels




Amniotic fluid embolism is usually a life-threatening complication of an otherwise healthy pregnancy. Medical management of the coagulopathy and cardiovascular collapse is challenging and is often unsuccessful. We present a case and advocate the use of temporary circulatory support and pulmonary embolectomy in what would otherwise have been a fatal scenario.


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Firstenberg, M. S., Abel, E., Blais, D., Turner, K., Halim-Armanios, M., Dimitrova, G., Cohn, D., & Samuels, P. (2011). Temporary Extracorporeal Circulatory Support and Pulmonary Embolectomy for Catastrophic Amniotic Fluid Embolism. The Heart Surgery Forum, 14(3), E157-E159. https://doi.org/10.1532/HSF98.20101135




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