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Amniotic fluid embolism and disseminated intravascular coagulation complicating hypertonic saline-induced abortion.
  1. S. Ballas,
  2. J. B. Lessing,
  3. M. Michowitz


    Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) associated with disseminated intravascular clotting (DIC) is usually fatal. Such a combination generally occurs at the term of pregnancy or in the immediate postpartum period. A case of AFE with DIC following a hypertonic-saline-induced abortion, is reported. The patient was in the midtrimester with a live fetus. Prompt recognition and treatment of her condition ensured her complete recovery. Such a case has not, to our knowledge, been previously reported.

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