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Vol 52, No 3 (2018)
Case reports
Submitted: 2017-08-16
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Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy with transient global amnesia and cerebellar embolic stroke triggered by existential fear

Claudia Stöllberger, Nicolas DeCillia, Josef Finsterer
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.12.013
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2018;52(3):394-396.

open access

Vol 52, No 3 (2018)
Case reports
Submitted: 2017-08-16

Abstract

Background

Embolic stroke is a complication of Tako-Tsubo-cardiomyopathy (TTC), transient left ventricular dysfunction mimicking myocardial infarction without coronary culprit lesion explaining the whole left ventricular dysfunction. Transient global amnesia (TGA) is characterized by sudden onset of anterograde amnesia without compromise of other neurologic functions.

Case report

A 57 years old female was admitted because of sudden confusion and loss of her memory after emotional stress. TGA was diagnosed. Because of chest pain and laboratory tests indicating myocardial ischemia, she underwent coronary angiography which was normal. Within the following 24h her memory improved. She complained about severe vertigo and cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed a recent ischemia in the left cerebellum.

Conclusions

TGA is not a disease for the neurologists exclusively but also cardiac comorbidities have to be considered and cardiologists should be involved in the acute care of these patients in order not to overlook life-threatening diseases.

Abstract

Background

Embolic stroke is a complication of Tako-Tsubo-cardiomyopathy (TTC), transient left ventricular dysfunction mimicking myocardial infarction without coronary culprit lesion explaining the whole left ventricular dysfunction. Transient global amnesia (TGA) is characterized by sudden onset of anterograde amnesia without compromise of other neurologic functions.

Case report

A 57 years old female was admitted because of sudden confusion and loss of her memory after emotional stress. TGA was diagnosed. Because of chest pain and laboratory tests indicating myocardial ischemia, she underwent coronary angiography which was normal. Within the following 24h her memory improved. She complained about severe vertigo and cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed a recent ischemia in the left cerebellum.

Conclusions

TGA is not a disease for the neurologists exclusively but also cardiac comorbidities have to be considered and cardiologists should be involved in the acute care of these patients in order not to overlook life-threatening diseases.

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Keywords

Acute coronary syndrome, Cardiomyopathy, Stroke, Takotsubo, Transient global amnesia

About this article
Title

Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy with transient global amnesia and cerebellar embolic stroke triggered by existential fear

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 52, No 3 (2018)

Pages

394-396

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.12.013

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2018;52(3):394-396.

Keywords

Acute coronary syndrome
Cardiomyopathy
Stroke
Takotsubo
Transient global amnesia

Authors

Claudia Stöllberger
Nicolas DeCillia
Josef Finsterer

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