Tako Tsubo cardiomyopathy in a patient with multiple trauma

Resuscitation. 2009 Sep;80(9):1074-7. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2009.05.021. Epub 2009 Jul 5.


Tako Tsubo cardiomyopathy has been described in a variety of stress situations, including several critical illness settings. We report the first case of this syndrome in a patient with multiple trauma. Tako Tsubo is an unusual cause of circulatory failure in such patients, to be distinguished from myocardial contusion and myocardial infarction. Prolonged ST segment elevation on EKG, minor troponin release, and transient left ventricular apical ballooning on transthoracic echocardiography are among the features to be recognized. Full recovery occurs spontaneously within several weeks.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal
  • Electrocardiography
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Multiple Trauma / complications*
  • Myocardial Contraction / physiology
  • Recovery of Function / physiology
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy / diagnosis
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy / etiology*
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Function, Left / physiology