Journal article

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in a Previously Asymptomatic Carrier of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Victoria E Cheng, David L Prior

Heart, Lung and Circulation | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2013


A 40 year-old woman presented to hospital with 12h of progressive shortness of breath. She was 11 days postpartum, having delivered a full-term male infant. She was discharged on antibiotics for presumed pneumonia, but represented two days later with NYHA class IV symptoms and in acute decompensated heart failure confirmed on clinical examination and chest X-ray. Echocardiography showed a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of 20%. She was treated for peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi), beta-blockers and diuretics with normalisation of her cardiac function within six months. Four years later, her son was diagnosed with Duchenne muscula..

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