Case Report

Peripartum cardiomyopathy with a history of doxorubicin therapy: case report & review of literature

Authors: Sraavya S Akella (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa) , Sarah A Shaffer (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Iowa City, Iowa)

  • Peripartum cardiomyopathy with a history of doxorubicin therapy: case report & review of literature

    Case Report

    Peripartum cardiomyopathy with a history of doxorubicin therapy: case report & review of literature

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Abstract

Background: Peripartum cardiomyopathy and doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy are well described conditions but there is little description in the literature of both occurring together.

Case: A 29 year old G1P0 with a remote history of childhood chondroblastic osteosarcoma treated with high-dose doxorubicin therapy who developed minimally symptomatic cardiomyopathy during her pregnancy with ejection fraction reaching as low as 20-30%. She delivered via primary low-transverse cesarean section at 37 weeks complicated by uterine atony with an unremarkable recovery. Cardiomyopathy was treated with metoprolol and enalapril and she achieved ejection fraction of 44% at one year follow-up with complete return to baseline activity.

Discussion: We present a woman with a history of doxorubicin therapy who developed peripartum cardiomyopathy and recovered symptomatically after one year. Although treatment of peripartum cardiomyopathy regardless of etiology is well-defined, there are few reports and no standard guidelines for special considerations in pregnant women with a history of doxorubicin therapy, a topic that may warrant further investigation.

Keywords: Peripartum cardiomyopathy, doxorubicin, osteosarcoma

How to Cite:

Akella, S. S. & Shaffer, S. A., (2018) “Peripartum cardiomyopathy with a history of doxorubicin therapy: case report & review of literature”, Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology 8(1), 1-8. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/2154-4751.1377

Rights: Copyright © 2018 Sraavya S. Akella and Sarah A. Shaffer

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Published on
01 Feb 2018
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