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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 143-145

Acute appendicitis as an unexpected cause of inverted takotsubo cardiomyopathy

1 Department of Emergency, Hautepierre Hospital, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
2 Department of Cardiology, Nouvel Hôpital Civil, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

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Dr. Pierrick Le Borgne
Department of Emergency, University Hospital Strasbourg, Hautepierre Hospital, 1 Avenue Moliere, 7200 Strasbourg
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_13_17

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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC), also known as transient left ventricular ballooning syndrome, is a stress-induced-cardiomyopathy. It is precipitated by emotional or physical stress and is characterized by normal coronary arteries and transient regional wall motion abnormalities. Variants of TTC include apical ballooning syndrome and, less commonly, mid, basal, and local variants. New onset heart failure or acute coronary syndromes are a common presentation of TTC. Arrhythmias such as VT, VF, and torsade de pointes have also been reported. We present here a 42-year-old man with an inverted Takotsubo variant with pulmonary edema and transient accelerated idioventricular rhythm. He was initially admitted in the Emergency Department for acute and non-complicated appendicitis. Coronary angiogram showed normal coronary arteries and left ventriculography revealed a reverse variant of TTC. The patient had completely recovered. Myocarditis was ruled out by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

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