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.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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