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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation saved a mother and her son from fulminant peripartum cardiomyopathy.
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PMID:  25056474     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A 34-year-old full-term pregnant woman presented with abruptly aggravating dyspnea. A chest X-ray showed pulmonary edema, and an echocardiogram revealed a left ventricular ejection fraction of 39%. Despite conventional medical treatment for acute heart failure and mechanical ventilation, hypoxia and metabolic acidosis were aggravated, and the fetal heart rate decreased to 90 b.p.m., suggestive of fetal distress. We decided to initiate extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and perform a cesarean section. The infant was successfully delivered without hypoxic brain damage. The patient was weaned from ECMO 6 days after delivery and was extubated 1 day after discontinuation of ECMO. Left ventricular systolic function had completely recovered at this time. This is the first report of a patient with peripartum cardiomyopathy who had a successful delivery with the support of ECMO, demonstrating that ECMO can serve as a rescue therapy, not only treating peripartum cardiomyopathy but also permitting a safe delivery.
Sang Hyun Park; Jung Yeon Chin; Min Suk Choi; Jin Ho Choi; Yu Jeong Choi; Kyung Tae Jung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1447-0756     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Obstet. Gynaecol. Res.     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-07-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612761     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol Res     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1940-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2014 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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