Vol 18, No 1 (2011)
Case Reports
Published online: 2011-02-08

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Stress-induced cardiomyopathy complicating severe babesiosis

Esosa Odigie-Okon, Emmanuel Okon, John Dodson, Gabriel Vorobiof
Cardiol J 2011;18(1):83-86.


A post-menopausal lady with severe babesiosis developed a basal-type stress-induced cardiomyopathy. Left ventricular function normalized at three months. We believe this is the first reported case of stress cardiomyopathy complicating severe babesiosis. Cardiac biomarker elevation disproportionate to the area of myocardial dysfunction, electrocardiographic changes, the patient’s clinical condition, and close follow-up of left ventricular function parameters are all vital in diagnosing stress cardiomyopathy and may exclude the need for coronary angiography. There may be a possible association between severe babesiosis and stress cardiomyopathy. (Cardiol J 2011; 18, 1: 83-86)

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