An amniotic fluid embolus refers to the entry of amniotic fluid into the maternal circulation. The presence of fetal cells especially in the amniotic fluid triggers a reaction similar to anaphylaxis. Although rare (approximately 1 in 50,000 deliveries) it has a high mortality with 25-50% of patients dying in the first hour.

All content and media on the HealthEngine Blog is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard the advice of a medical professional, or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the nearest hospital emergency department, or call the emergency services immediately.