Vol 19, No 5 (2012)
Case Reports
Published online: 2012-10-06

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Pheochromocytoma-induced reverse tako-tsubo with rapid recovery of left ventricular function

Nasim Naderi, Ahmad Amin, Ali Setayesh, Hamidreza Pouraliakbar, Kambiz Mozaffari, Majid Maleki
DOI: 10.5603/CJ.2012.0097
Cardiol J 2012;19(5):527-531.


Pheochromocytoma is a rare, catecholamine-secreting tumor of neuroendocrine cells. It has been documented to present atypically as myocardial ischemia, arrhythmias, or congestive heart failure. We present the case of a patient who had transient cardiomyopathy with hypokinesia of the basal portions of the left ventricle and hyperkinesia of the apex triggered by a pheochromocytoma crisis similar to that of tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy, but with an inverse left ventricular contractile pattern (‘inverted tako-tsubo’). (Cardiol J 2012; 19, 5: 527-531)

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