Amniotic Fluid EmbolismCLARK, STEVEN L. MDClinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2010 - Volume 53 - Issue 2 - pp 322-328 doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181e0ead2 Respiratory Disease in Pregnancy Abstract Author Information Abstract Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) remains an enigmatic, but devastating obstetrical condition associated with significant maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Although our understanding of this condition is incomplete, research over the past 2 decades has altered traditional concepts of both the causation and pathophysiology of AFE. Although maternal treatment remains primarily supportive, prompt delivery of the fetus can substantially improve neonatal outcome after AFE-induced cardiac arrest. Newer biochemical markers may in the future enhance the specificity and sensitivity of this clinical diagnosis and could potentially lead to improved therapy. Author Information Women's and Children's Clinical Services, Clinical Services Group, Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, Tennessee Correspondence: Steven L. Clark, MD, Medical Director, P.O. Box 404, Twin Bridges, MT 59754. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.