Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 59(8): 500-503
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1270798
Case Reports
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Late Onset Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy after Mitral Valve Replacement

G. Färber1 , A. Mühle2 , T. Doenst1 , M. A. Borger2 , F.-W. Mohr2
  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Jena, Jena, Germany
  • 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heart Center Leipzig, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
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Publication History

received October 25, 2010 resubmitted December 25, 2010

accepted January 3, 2011

Publication Date:
25 March 2011 (online)


We report a case of delayed onset Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) in a 69-year-old woman, associated with minor stressors, two weeks after mitral valve replacement. After suffering several minor complications she had fully recovered and her discharge was planned. On the 14th postoperative day she had to be resuscitated due to cardiogenic shock. TC was diagnosed based on reduced ventricular function with apical ballooning and normal coronaries. Treatment with catecholamines and intra-aortic balloon pump led to full recovery. She continues to do well two years after surgery. TC should be considered as a potential cause of delayed ventricular dysfunction in postcardiac surgery patients.


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