Coexistence of postpartum cardiomyopathy and single coronary artery anomaly

Murat Bozkurt, Universal Hospitals Group, Malatya, Turkey
Gonca Gül Boz, İstanbul Education and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
Ahmet Uğur Boz, Cerrahpaşa University, İstanbul, Turkey
Duygu Kara, Mus State Hospital, Mus, Turkey


Postpartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is dilated cardiomyopathy seen in the postpartum period in women who no prior history of cardiac diseases. In this case study, coronary angiography was used to determine the etiology of the cardiomyopathy after the decompensated heart failure had regressed. A congenital single coronary artery anomaly was detected by coronary angiography. In this case, PPCM can mimic pneumonia, thus making diagnosis difficult. When there is no response to antibiotic therapy, the obstetrician must consider cardiac disease and appropriate consultation should be obtained as soon as possible. To the best of our knowledge, single coronary artery anomalies coexisting with PPCM has only been documented in one other case in the literature. An association of single coronary artery anomalies with PPCM may be random, or, alternative, might contribute to the composition of the PPCM.