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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 802352, 3 pages
Case Report

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Complicated by Pulmonary Edema in the Postpartum Period

1Department of Medical Imaging, Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
2Division of Cardiology, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Received 22 February 2013; Accepted 16 March 2013

Academic Editors: G. Bastarrika, E. Bölke, E. Kapsalaki, and A. Komemushi

Copyright © 2013 Kate Hanneman 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.


We report the case of a 42-year-old patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) who presented to the emergency department with severe shortness of breath one week following uneventful cesarean delivery. Thoracic CT ruled out pulmonary embolus and confirmed pulmonary edema. Asymmetric interventricular septal thickening was clearly identified, demonstrating that the heart may be evaluated even on a non-ECG gated study. Acute pulmonary edema in the postpartum period is an unusual clinical presentation of HCM.