Permanent unilateral blindness associated with peripartum cardiomyopathy

Hippokratia 2009, 13(1):58-60

TM. Liakakos, M. Daskalaki, K. Sfakianoudis, B. Votteas, M. Liakakos


Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare and ominous disease manifested in the peripartum period of women with complications concerning different organic systems. We describe a case of peripartum cardiomyopathy which was complicated with acute permanent unilateral blindness, further documented embolic retinal artery occlusion as a consequence of PPCM. This is a quite unusual event with PPCM, since to our knowledge there is no previously reported case with PPCM as the sole associated factor. The purpose of our paper is to emphasize that thromboembolism of the central retinal artery, seems to be compatible with peripartum cardiomyopathy and that, peripartum blindness, may be attributed to the cardiomyopathy diagnosis.