Module 2 :
Amniotic Fluid Embolus, Obstetrics

Author: Sharon Davies MD FRCPC

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Objectives for Module 2:


Please Note: This Module was revised in February 2008. Revised content is in bold blue text.

This module is designed to provide practicing anesthesiologists with information regarding the recognition and management of an Amniotic Fluid Embolus.

You will be asked to reflect on problems presented. Attempt to answer the six questions that follow. (Your responses do not contribute to your grade but are intended to aid your understanding).

You will also need to review an article which has been reproduced with permission from the Canadian Anesthesiology Society.


Following completion of this learning module, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the variations in the clinical presentation of amniotic fluid embolus.
  2. Summarize with the most recent theories regarding the etiology and clinical manifestations of the syndrome.
  3. Discuss the misconception that the entrance of amniotic fluid into the maternal circulation is a normal physiological occurance.
  4. Recognize the significance of pulmonary microvascular sampling in suspected cases of amniotic fluid embolus.
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