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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 165918, 4 pages
Case Report

Midventricular Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy during Pregnancy Complicated by Pulmonary Embolism: A Case Report

Cardiology Department, Hedi Chaker University Hospital, Sfax 3029, Tunisia

Received 11 July 2012; Revised 2 August 2012; Accepted 21 August 2012

Academic Editor: Ingo W. Husstedt

Copyright © 2012 Leila Abid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) with midventricular obstruction (MVO) is a rare condition occurring in 1% of HCM patients. It is characterized by asymmetric left ventricular hypertrophy with MVO and elevated intraventricular pressure gradients. Pulmonary embolism has been associated with mid-ventricular obstructive HCM. Briefly, this case presents an unusual clinical scenario where a young pregnant woman suffering from hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy presents with dyspnea hemodynamic compromise related to pulmonary embolism illustrating hemodynamic challenges created by pregnancy and surgery. We concluded that simple measures such as communication between the cardiology and obstetric teams, understanding of the hemodynamic changes, anesthetic planning, and monitoring were paramount for the success in our patient.