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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or apical ballooning: a case report and a short literature study

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T De Beule ,

Department of Radiology and Imaging, OLV Ziekenhuis, Aalst, Belgium
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L Ardies,

Department of Radiology and Imaging, OLV Ziekenhuis, Aalst, Belgium
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M De Booij,

Department of Radiology, AMC Hospital, Heerlen, The Netherlands
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E Janssens,

Department of Radiology and Imaging, OLV Ziekenhuis, Aalst, Belgium
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P Vanhoenacker

Department of Radiology and Imaging, OLV Ziekenhuis, Aalst, Belgium
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Abstract

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is an important differential diagnosis in patients with an acute coronary syndrome. This syndrome is typically characterized by a reversible contractile dysfunction of the left ventricular myocardium without any obstructive etiological coronary disease. This is not a rare entity in acute settings and a better knowledge of the syndrome could result in a heightened alertness and a higher detection. We present a case of takotsubo showing the importance of cardiac MRI in the differential diagnosis and reviewed the present literature concerning this syndrome and the usefulness of MRI in the detection.

Keywords: Heart, diseases
How to Cite: De Beule T, Ardies L, De Booij M, Janssens E, Vanhoenacker P. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or apical ballooning: a case report and a short literature study. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 2011;94(4):214–6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.634
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Published on 12 Apr 2011.
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