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Acute Pulmonary Edema in an Eclamptic Pregnant Patient: A Rare Case of Takotsubo Syndrome

Kunal Karamchandani, Brandon Bortz, Sonia Vaida

(Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, USA)

Am J Case Rep 2016; 17:682-685

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.898937

Published: 2016-09-23


BACKGROUND: Acute pulmonary edema in a pregnant patient is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Takotsubo syndrome, or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is a rare cause of acute pulmonary edema in a pregnant patient, especially prior to delivery of the fetus.
CASE REPORT: We describe a case of a pregnant patient who presented with acute pulmonary edema and eclampsia and was found to have Takotsubo syndrome. To the best of our knowledge, eclampsia as a precipitating factor for Takotsubo syndrome has not been described in literature.
CONCLUSIONS: Clinicians taking care of pregnant patients should be aware of the potential link between eclampsia and Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Prompt correction of the precipitating cause along with supportive management as described is the key to a successful outcome.

Keywords: Eclampsia, Pulmonary Edema, takotsubo cardiomyopathy



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