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Ginekologia i Położnictwo medical project
ISSN 1896-3315 e-ISSN 1898-0759

Acute carbon monoxide intoxication during pregnancy


Author(s): Ewa Gostkowska

Carbon monoxide is the leading causal factor of deadly sporadic intoxication in adult populations. Some of intoxicated patients are women during different stages of pregnancy. One must be aware about physiological differences between mother and unborn fetus to properly deal with such case. The aim of this study is to present a case of a pregnant patient acutely intoxicated with carbon monoxide and to quickly review available literature on this topic. Many people all over the world are intoxicated with carbon monoxide each year. The problem is not new, and many investigations were performed on this topic, but it is unpredictable what could be adverse effects on fetus or mother according to laboratory tests nor CTG examination. Although carbon monoxide intoxication is relatively frequent little is known what to do when the pregnant woman is intoxicated. Further research is needed to evaluate treatment methods. Unfortunately, the outcome of intoxication is often unsuccessful.