Septic Shock, Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy Following Midtrimester Genetic Amniocentesis
Johnson, J. R.
Stubblefield, P. G.
Hamid, M. A.
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Citation (published version)Johnson, J. R., P. G. Stubblefield, M. A. Hamid, J. Kasznica. "Septic Shock, Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy Following Midtrimester Genetic Amniocentesis" Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology 5(6): 386-390. (1998)
Background: Midtrimester genetic amniocentesis is a commonly performed procedure, with acknowledgment of some risk to mother and fetus. Case: We present an unusual case of midtrimester genetic amniocentesis with bowel injury and resulting septic shock, adult respiratory distress syndrome, and disseminated intravascular coagulation. A total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingoophorectomy were required for resolution of sepsis. The patient also required prolonged ventilatory support postoperatively. Conclusion: Although relatively safe, genetic amniocentesis can result in serious morbidity, and attention to technique should be maintained.
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