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Cryptococcal meningitis initially presenting with ST elevations and elevated cardiac biomarkers


Acute neurological events are a common cause of ECG abnormalities and transient elevations in cardiac biomarkers. This case describes an uncommon presentation of cryptococcal meningitis in a non-immunosuppressed patient, presenting with altered sensorium and derangements in cardiac profile. Delay in diagnosing meningitis was avoided by paying close attention to the patient’s presenting symptoms and by pursuing non-cardiac causes of ECG changes and elevations in cardiac troponin. Expeditious treatment and involvement of the infectious disease consultant resulted in excellent clinical response without permanent neurological sequelae.

  • cardiovascular medicine
  • infections
  • meningitis
  • coma and raised intracranial pressure
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