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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-53

Sepsis-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy mimicking ST-elevation myocardial infarction: A clinical case

1 National Heart Center, Royal Hospital, Muscat, Oman
2 Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Armed Forces Hospital, Muscat, Oman

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Dr. Kamla Al-Wahaibi
National Heart Center, Royal Hospital, P.O. Box 1331, Postal Code 111, Muscat
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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) was first initially reported in 1990 in Japan and has been increasingly recognized in clinical practice. It is characterized by transient regional left ventricular dysfunction without evidence of obstructive coronary artery disease, often precipitated by emotional and physical stressors. Although TCM does occur in young women and men, it is most commonly seen in postmenopausal women. Sepsis induced TCM is an infrequently encountered entity. We present a case of TCM in a middle age gentleman who presented with septic shock due to acute cholecystitis. Two days later, the patient developed clinical features of acute myocardial infarction. Echocardiography revealed hypokinesis of the left ventricle. Coronary angiography revealed normal arteries without any obstruction. Diagnosis of sepsis induced TCM was finally made. The patient made a dramatic recovery and discharged home in stable condition. Follow-up echocardiography showed improvement in left ventricular systolic function.

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