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Meadows' syndrome

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A syndrome occurring in mothers in the last trimester of pregnancy or during the first two months after delivery. It consists of dyspnea, precordial pain, congestive heart failure (left-sided first, then right-sided), triple rhythm, tachycardia, pulmonary embolism, and transient hypertension. Gastrointestinal symptoms are nausea and vomiting. Aetiology unknown. Familial occurrence has been reported.


  • E. Hull, E. Hafkesbring:
    Toxic post-partal heart disease.
    The New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, 1937, 89: 550-557.
  • R. M. Woolford:
    Post-partum myocardosis. Ohio Medical Journal, 1952, 48: 924-930.
  • W. R. Meadows:
    Idiopathic myocardial failure in the last trimester of pregnancy and the puerperium.
    Circulation, Dallas, Texas, 1957, 15: 903-914.

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