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Perfusion. 2009 Mar;24(2):75-9. doi: 10.1177/0267659109106731.

Successful treatment of peripartum cardiomyopathy with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

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Heart and Vascular Institute, Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033, USA.


A 24-year-old female developed heart failure within four months of delivering her first child. Echocardiogram revealed a moderately dilated left ventricle with severely reduced systolic function. She continued to decompensate, requiring intubation and inotropic support. When the use of an intra-aortic balloon pump failed to stabilize the patient, the decision was made to place her on ECMO. The circuit consisted of a Quadrox D membrane oxygenator and a CentriMag centrifugal pump. After 11 days of support, the patient met the weaning criteria and was successfully removed from ECMO. She was discharged one month after her admission. The new technology available allows for ECMO to be considered as an earlier option for the treatment and management of these patients as a bridge to recovery.

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