Vol 16, No 4 (2009)
Case Reports
Published online: 2009-05-12

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Pheochromocytoma mimicking a non-ST elevation acute myocardial infarction

Gerardo Musuraca, Ferdinando Imperadore, Clotilde Terraneo, Chiara Vaccarini, Daniele Prati, Maurizio Centonze, Giuseppe Vergara
Cardiol J 2009;16(4):355-357.


We report a 57 year-old male patient admitted with a diagnosis of non-ST elevation acute myocardial infarction. He had suffered from chest pain, diaphoresis and intense asthenia for three days. The electrocardiogram on admission showed a high frequency sinus tachycardia. Troponin T levels were elevated. An echocardiogram suggested an antero-lateral myocardial infarction. Eventually, a left adrenal pheochromocytoma was discovered. Left ventricular function, severely depressed, returned to normal after medical and surgical therapy.

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