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Intraprocedural left ventricular free wall rupture diagnosed by left ventriculogram in a patient with infero-posterior myocardial infarction and severe aortic stenosis
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- Received: 24 December 2015
- Accepted: 30 May 2016
- Published: 6 June 2016
Left ventricular wall rupture remains a major lethal complication of acute myocardial infarction and hypertension is a well-known predisposing factor of cardiac rupture after myocardial infarction.
An 87-year-old man was admitted to our hospital, diagnosed as acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The echocardiogram showed 0.67-cm2 aortic valve, consistent with severe aortic stenosis (AS). A coronary angiography showed a chronic occlusion of the proximal left circumflex artery and a 99 % stenosis and thrombus in the mid right coronary artery. During percutaneous angioplasty of the latter, transient hypotension and bradycardia developed at the time of balloon inflation, and low doses of noradrenaline and etilefrine were intravenously administered as needed. The patient suddenly lost consciousness and developed electro-mechanical dissociation. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation followed by insertion of an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) and percutaneous cardiopulmonary support were initiated. The echocardiogram revealed moderate pericardial effusion, though the site of free wall rupture was not distinctly visible. A left ventriculogram clearly showed an infero-posterior apical wall rupture. Surgical treatment was withheld because of the interim development of brain death.
In this patient, who presented with severe AS, the administration of catecholamine to stabilize the blood pressure probably increased the intraventricular pressures considerably despite apparently normal measurements of the central aortic pressure. IABP, temporary pacemaker, or both are recommended instead of intravenous catecholamines for patients with AMI complicated with significant AS to stabilize hemodynamic function during angioplasty.
- Left ventricular wall rupture
- Acute myocardial infarction
- Aortic stenosis
- Intra-aortic balloon pump
Left ventricular wall rupture remains a major lethal complication of acute myocardial infarction despite the recent progress in primary percutaneous coronary intervention era. The incidence of cardiac rupture has been reported to be 1.7–4.8 % of patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) [1–3]. Hypertension is a well-known predisposing factor of cardiac rupture after myocardial infarction [1, 4, 5]. Although a few reports have described the intraventricular hypertension associated with the increased risk of myocardial rupture in the presence of significant aortic stenosis (AS), [6–8] none were able to perform left ventriculography during percutaneous angioplasty for a patient with AMI and AS complicated by cardiac rupture because of its emergency and difficulties. We discuss this case in the context of a) the usefulness of left ventriculogram for identifying the site of left ventricular wall rupture, and b) a problem pertaining to catecholamine use for a patient presenting with acute myocardial infarction and significant aortic stenosis.
This is a rare case of intraprocedural blowout type of LV wall rupture diagnosed by left ventriculogram after an infero-posterior AMI in a patient with severe AS. Hypertension is one of the well-known risk factors for LV wall rupture after AMI [1, 4, 5]. In this patient, who presented with severe AS, the administration of noradrenaline and etilefrine to stabilize the BP probably increased the intraventricular pressures considerably despite apparently normal measurements of the central aortic pressure. Catecholamines increase myocardial contractility and cause peripheral vasoconstriction, both of which increase the left intraventricular pressure. On the other hand, IABP counterpulsation lowers the systolic pressure by unloading the left ventricle, and increase the mean arterial BP by diastolic augmentation [9–11]. Diastolic augmentation does not increase the left intraventricular pressure because, in absence of aortic regurgitation, the aortic valves are closed during diastole.
This case highlights the risk of intraprocedural LV wall rupture in patients presenting with AMI and severe AS by, a) increasing the intraventricular pressures, and b) attempting to preserve a normal aortic BP by the administration of catecholamines. It is also noteworthy that the use of high-speed injectors for left ventriculograms must be avoided because, by increasing the intraventricular pressure, they may rupture the left ventricle. IABP, a temporary pacemaker, or both are recommended instead of intravenous catecholamines to stabilize hemodynamic function during percutaneous coronary interventions. In this case, the insertion of an IABP and the implant of a temporary pacemaker should have been considered before proceeding with angioplasty since, in patients presenting with inferior AMI, ST segment elevation in lead aVR is not only a manifestation of basal septal infarction, but also of diffuse non-transmural apical and lateral wall ischemia from multiple vessels disease, and a sign of poor prognosis .
Left ventriculography was useful for identifying the site of LV wall rupture after AMI complicated with AS. For such patients, IABP, a temporary pacemaker, or both are recommended instead of intravenous catecholamines to stabilize hemodynamic function during percutaneous angioplasty.
AMI, acute myocardial infarction; AS, aortic stenosis; BP, blood pressure; IABP, intra-aortic balloon pump; LV, left ventricular
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TK drafted the manuscript and performed the angioplasty procedure. NF, TY, HN, DH, KK, HY and KO critically revised the manuscript for important intellectual content. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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