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Korean Circ J. 2013 Aug; 43(8): 565–568.

Abstract

Clinical features of acute myocarditis range from a subclinical state to a fulminant state. Fulminant myocarditis with ventricular arrhythmia or atrioventricular block is associated with a high mortality rate. In cases in which aggressive medical therapy for fulminant myocarditis is not likely to be successful, intensive and emergency mechanical circulatory support, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or intra-aortic balloon pump, should be considered. We report life salvage of acute fulminant myocarditis in a 53-year-old woman presented with malignant arrhythmia and cardiogenic shock supported by ECMO.

Keywords: Myocarditis, Arrhythmia, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

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