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Postpartum Cardiogenic Shock Diagnosed by Focused Cardiac Ultrasound and Treated With Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Case Report

Lembrikov, Ilya MD*; Rudis, Ehud MD; Weiniger, Carolyn F. MBChB*,‡

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000909
Case Reports

We present the case of a primigravid patient, who developed cardiogenic shock during the early postpartum period in the setting of retained placenta, uterine atony, and hemorrhage. Focused cardiac ultrasound played a central role in identifying the cause of hemodynamic instability. The decision to initiate venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was instrumental in the successful outcome for our patient, characterized by a full recovery without major neurological and cardiovascular sequelae.

From the Departments of *Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Division of Anesthesiology & Critical Care & Pain, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Accepted for publication September 4, 2018.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Address correspondence to Ilya Lembrikov, MD, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Kiryat Hadassah, Hadassah Ein Kerem, PO Box 12000, Jerusalem, Israel 91120. Address e-mail to

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