Monday, April 4, 2011

Ask Us Anything: Can I Carry My Baby to Term if I Have Pulmonary Embolism?

"I am 10-weeks pregnant and have pulmonary embolism. Is it possible to carry the baby to term? Is the childbirth high-risk? Can pulmonary embolisms be treated?"

Dr. Paul Anain Responds:

Dr. Paul AnainYes, you can carry your baby to term.

But you need to consider what caused the pulmonary emboulus.

Pulmonary emboulus occurs when one or more arteries in your lungs become blocked. It can be caused by Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in a vein deep in the body, usually in the lower leg or thigh, that travels through the blood stream to the lungs.

It is not uncommon to have DVT's during pregnancy. To make sure that you do not have a DVT, you should have an ultrasound of your legs now and right before you deliver.

You should be maintained on anticoagulation (pharmaceuticals that stop blood from clotting), which can help just prior to delivery, but your delivering physician should know of your condition and that you are taking these medications.

Following delivery, treatment will continue as before for a total duration of 6-9 months.

— Dr. Paul Anain

Dr. Anain is a Vascular surgeon at Sisters Hospital. Dr. Anain was one of the first surgeons in New York State to implant the Endurant Stent Graft in a patient suffering from an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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