Following a posterolateral myocardial infarction, a 57-year-old man developed severe shock which did not respond to catecholamine infusion and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation. Implantation of a left ventricular assist pump was planned, but at sternotomy free ventricular rupture was identified and repaired. Repair of free-wall ventricular rupture is uncommon because of infrequent antemortem diagnosis. A more aggressive surgical approach of instituting left ventricular assist pumping in those patients with cardiogenic shock refractory to medical therapy and intra-aortic balloon punping should yield the additional benefit of repair of the rather common but rarely recognized lesion of ventricular rupture.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine