Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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Vol. 15, No. 1, 2011, pp. 43-45
Bioline Code: cm11008
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2011, pp. 43-45
© Copyright 2011 Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine.
Apical ballooning syndrome after attempted suicidal hanging|
Chacko, Jose; Brar, Gagan; Elangovan, Ashok & Moorthy, Ramanathan
We report a case of "Apical Ballooning Syndrome" following attempted suicidal hanging. Our patient developed retrosternal chest pain and ischemic changes on electrocardiography (ECG), a day after the suicidal attempt. She underwent an angiogram considering the possibility of acute coronary syndrome. However, her coronary arteries were normal; the left ventricle showed the typical ballooning pattern characterized by hypokinesia of the distal septum and apex. On follow-up a week later, she remained asymptomatic; her ECG changes had reversed and the left ventricular contractility was normal on echocardiography.
Apical ballooing, left ventricular dysfunction, suicidal hanging
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