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Heart of the matter: reverse takotsubo syndrome in an anthracycline-exposed oncology patient


A 24-year-old man with acute myelogenous leukaemia and a history of anthracycline treatment is hospitalised for non-anthracycline chemotherapy. He develops new-onset heart failure requiring intesive care unit (ICU) admission during his stay. There is debate as to the aetiology of his heart failure, whether anthracycline cardiotoxicity or takotsubo syndrome. He is diuresed and discharged home with close follow-up. Ultimately, the retrospective use of two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography derived strain helps diagnose reverse takotsubo syndrome.

  • cardiovascular medicine
  • heart failure
  • oncology
  • chemotherapy

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