Intraprocedural left ventricular free wall rupture diagnosed by left ventriculogram in a patient with infero-posterior myocardial infarction and severe aortic stenosis

Takao Konishi, Naohiro Funayama, Tadashi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Nishihara, Daisuke Hotta, Kenjiro Kikuchi, Hideo Yokoyama, Katsumi Ohori

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Background: 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. Case presentation: An 87-year-old man was admitted to our hospital, diagnosed as acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The echocardiogram showed 0.67-cm 2 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. Conclusions: 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126
JournalBMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Angioplasty
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Catecholamine
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump
  • Left ventricular wall rupture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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