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Maternal death associated with sickle cell trait

  • Joseph G. Pastorek II
    Correspondence
    Reprint requests: Joseph G. Pastorek II, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University Medical Center, 1542 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112.
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    Section of Infectious Disease, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
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  • Brenda Seiler
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    Section of Infectious Disease, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
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      Abstract

      A case report is presented of a patient with sickle cell trait who died an abrupt intrapartum death precipitated by probable peripartal cardiomyopathy and apparently aggravated by intravascular sickling. Notable autopsy findings included massive sicklemia in all organ systems.

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