Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in fulminant myocarditis complicating systemic lupus erythematosus

Med J Aust. 2002 Apr 15;176(8):374-5. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04458.x.


A 24-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus developed cardiac failure and cardiogenic shock that failed to respond to both high-dose inotrope therapy and the insertion of an intra-aortic balloon pump. Circulatory support with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation facilitated cardiac recovery, either spontaneously or assisted by steroid therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation*
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / complications
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / complications*
  • Myocarditis / complications*
  • Myocarditis / physiopathology
  • Myocarditis / therapy
  • Treatment Outcome