Successful management of fatal peripartum cardiomyopathy in a young pregnant woman: A case report

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Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare and life-threatening form of pregnancy associated myocardial disease.

Patient concerns:

In the present report, we describe a case of a patient with PPCM at 33 weeks of gestation with stillbirth and cardiorespiratory failure.


Peripartum cardiomyopathy.


The patient underwent emergency cesarean section (CS) and comprehensive medical treatments, including bromocriptine, as well as positive inotropic agents and diuretics after the CS.


She had an uneventful recovery period, and was discharged 9 days after surgery. Her heart function was restored within 6 months after CS, and follow-up echocardiographies indicated normal heart function.


This case highlights that early diagnosis and timely termination of pregnancy are crucial in the management of PPCM.

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