Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (in Japanese language "takotsubo" is a fishing pot with a round bottom and a neck that is used for trapping octopuses) is a new syndrome, which is characterized by transient left ventricular dysfunction and by a typical left ventriculogram showing transient extensive akinesis of the apical and mid portions of the left ventricle with hypercontraction of the basal segment, from which this disease takes its name. Since 1990 sporadic cases of takotsubo cardiomyopathy were reported by Japanese authors, and only a few European reports are available. We report a case of takotsubo-like left ventricular dysfunction in an human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected caucasian patient.
Keywords: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, Apical ballooning, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Myocarditis
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