Cocaine-related maternal death

Gene Burkett, Emmalee S. Bandstra, Jay Cohen, Bernard Steele, Diana Palow

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Hemodynamic overload, cardiac ischemia, and arrhythmia are postulated to originate from 'sex-cocaine' syndrome resulting in maternal and fetal death. High concentrations of cocaine and metabolites in maternal blood, urine, and nasal secretions confirmed recent ingestion. Changes in the maternal life-style may have contributed to the poor pregnancy outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-41
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


  • maternal death
  • sex-cocaine syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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