PERIPARTUM CARDIOMYOPATHY: A CASE SERIES
Swati Sharma*, Arohan Sapkota and Prof. N. Nabakishore Singh
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a type of heart failure of unknown etiology occurring late in pregnancy or in the postpartum period. It is a rare disease and because of its low incidence and unspecific symptoms PPCM is often undiagnosed or undetected. Unfortunately, underlying cause and natural history of PPCM is incompletely understood. Nevertheless, it is incumbent on the anaesthetists as well as on the intensivists to be cognizant of PPCM, due to its high maternal mortality and morbidity. A number of recent reviews have described in detail the pathophysiology, clinical picture and management of PPCM. We are presenting illustrative case series of peripartum cardiomyopathy and proceed to give a short comprehensive review.
Keywords: PPCM, heart failure, echocardiography.
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