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Psilocybin-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy
  1. Wiktoria Julia Kotts1,
  2. David T Gamble1,
  3. Dana K Dawson1 and
  4. David Connor2
  1. 1School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Connor; david.connor2{at}


We present a case of takotsubo cardiomyopathy following recreational ingestion of Psilocybe semilanceata (known as ‘magic mushrooms’). The patient presented with respiratory distress and pulmonary oedema responding to standard medical measures. Investigations included: echocardiogram, cardiac MRI and angiogram. Based on our search, we suggest this is only the second recognised case in the published literature.

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  • Contributors The case was authored by WJK and reviewed by DC, DTG and DKD.

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