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Intra-aortic balloon pump in toxic myocarditis due to aluminum phosphide poisoning



Aluminum phosphide (ALP) is a pesticide that is highly toxic. It is a mitochondrial toxin that causes death by cardiac and metabolic toxicity. The most ominous effect is cardiac toxicity, which may range from minor electrocardiographic abnormalities to severe depression of cardiac contractility secondary to toxic myocarditis. There is no documented report of the use of Intra-aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) for toxic myocarditis from ALP poisoning, although it has been used effectively for toxic myocarditis due to other toxins.

Case Report

We are reporting a young female who presented with ALP poisoning, in cardiogenic shock due to myocarditis. We used an IABP for cardio-circulatory support until the effects of ALP resolved. She is the only reported survivor of ALP poisoning, presenting with cardiogenic shock.


Several reports describe the use of IABP for cardiogenic shock due to toxic myocarditis. There is no report in the medical literature using IABP for cardiogenic shock caused by ALP toxin-induced myocarditis. Our patient presented with cardio-circulatory shock, necessitating the use of inotropes and mechanical ventilation. As she did not improve despite ventilation and maximal doses of inotropes, IABP was used for cardio-circulatory support until the effects of ALP resolved.


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Siddaiah, L.M., Adhyapak, S.M., Jaydev, S.M. et al. Intra-aortic balloon pump in toxic myocarditis due to aluminum phosphide poisoning. J. Med. Toxicol. 5, 80–83 (2009).

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  • aluminum phosphide
  • cardiogenic shock
  • intra-aortic balloon pump