Acute carbon monoxide poisoning during pregnancy

Am J Emerg Med. 1986 Nov;4(6):516-9. doi: 10.1016/S0735-6757(86)80008-0.


The course of a pregnant patient at term who was acutely exposed to carbon monoxide is described. A review of the fetal-maternal carboxyhemoglobin relationships and the differences in fetal oxyhemoglobin physiology are used to explain the recommendation that pregnant women with carbon monoxide poisoning should receive 100% oxygen therapy for up to five times longer than is otherwise necessary. The role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is considered.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / complications
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Labor, Obstetric
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Third
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / etiology
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / therapy*