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Development of biventricular large apical thrombi and cerebral embolism in a young woman with peripartum cardiomyopathy [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2011; 39(7): 591-594 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2011.01534

Development of biventricular large apical thrombi and cerebral embolism in a young woman with peripartum cardiomyopathy

Mevlüt Koç, Durmuş Yıldıray Şahin, Kamuran Tekin, Murat Çaylı
Department of Cardiology, Adana Numune Education And Research Hospital, Adana, Turkey

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare cardiac disorder. Although left ventricular apical thrombus formation is common in peripartum cardiomyopathy, biventricular apical thrombi formation is a very rare condition in these patients. A 21-year-old woman presented with complaints of dyspnea, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, and palpitations that appeared three months after labor. Transthoracic echocardiography showed severe global hypokinesis, decreased left and right ventricular ejection fraction (left 30%, right 35%), increased left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (60 mm), grade 2 mitral regurgitation, and biventricular apical thrombi. On the second day of admission, she developed global aphasia and right hemiplegia. The patient was successfully treated with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator. Transthoracic echocardiography following treatment showed disappearance of biventricular apical thrombi. She had no neurologic deficit. Treatment for heart failure was continued due to persistence of global hypokinesis and left ventricular dilatation.

Keywords: Cardiomyopathies, pregnancy complications, cardiovascular, thrombolytic therapy; thrombosis; tissue plasminogen activator; ventricular function, left

How to cite this article
Mevlüt Koç, Durmuş Yıldıray Şahin, Kamuran Tekin, Murat Çaylı. Development of biventricular large apical thrombi and cerebral embolism in a young woman with peripartum cardiomyopathy. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2011; 39(7): 591-594

Corresponding Author: Mevlüt Koç, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: Turkish


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