Postpartum myocardial infarction rescued with an intraaortic balloon pump and extracorporeal membrane oxygenator

Wen Je Ko, Hong Nerng Ho, Shu Hsun Chu

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A 37-year-old woman had postpartum myocardial infarction complicated with cardiogenic shock. The infarction was attributed to diffuse coronary artery spasm caused by methylergonovine, which had been used to treat the postpartum haemorrhage due to placenta increta. The haemodynamics could not be maintained with catecholamine infusion and intraaortic balloon counterpulsation. At last, an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator was used to save her life, and the patient was successfully weaned from the machine 100 h later; she made an uneventful recovery thereafter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 5 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenator
  • Intraaortic balloon pump
  • Methylergonovine
  • Postpartum haemorrhage
  • Postpartum myocardial infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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