Reversible cardiomyopathy as a rare presentation of sheehan’s syndrome-case report and review of literature


  • Mohmmad Hayat Bhat Department of Medicine, Government Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Farhana Bagdadi Department of Medicine, Government Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Asma Rafi Department of Medicine, Government Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Parvaiz Ahmad Shah Department of Medicine, Government Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India



Hypopituitarism, Reversible dilated cardiomyopathy, Sheehan’s


Sheehan’s syndrome is a clinical condition characterised by post-partum panhypopitutarism caused by necrosis of the pituitary gland. The hypervascularity of the pituitary gland during pregnancy makes it vulnerable to arterial pressure changes and prone to haemorrhage in the post-partum period. The cardinal features are lethargy, secondary amenorrhea and lactational failure. The diagnosis in immediate post-partum period is difficult and require a high degree of suspicion. Cardiac involvement in sheehan’s syndrome is known but rare.

We hereby present a case of post-partum cardiomyopathy with relatively poor response to anti failure treatment. Patient however responded to hormone replacement including glucocorticoids and levothyroxine, after proper confirmation of the hypopituitary state. Cardiac dysfunction markedly reversed with the institution of replacement therapy.


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