Peripartum cardiomyopathy—An unsolved mystery to an anesthesiologist

Rashmi HD., and Prajwal Patel HS., and Shivaramu BT., (2015) Peripartum cardiomyopathy—An unsolved mystery to an anesthesiologist. International Journal of Public Health Research, 4 (2). pp. 304-306. ISSN 2232-0245


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Cardiac diseases in pregnancy pose a multitude of challenges to both anesthesiologists and obstetricians. Peripartum cardiomyopathy is one of the rare causes of dilated cardiomyopathy in parturients with a great diagnostic difficulty. High degree of suspicion along with good clinical experience is needed for its diagnosis. Unfortunately, mortality from this ranges from 35% to 50%. We report a case of 21-year-old female parturient presenting at 37 weeks of gestation for emergency cesarean delivery with undiagnosed peripartum cardiomyopathy. She developed cardiac arrest soon after giving spinal anesthesia. She was successfully resuscitated and shifted to ICU for further management. Bedside echocardiography was conducted, which showed dilated cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction of 32%.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Undiagnosed peripartum cardiomyopathy, emergency cesarean delivery, cardiac arrest
Journal:International Journal of Public Health Research
ID Code:8787
Deposited By: Mr. Muhammad Wafi -
Deposited On:18 Jun 2015 01:17
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:48

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