Takotsubo-like left ventricular dysfunction in an HIV-infected patient

Giuseppe Barbaro, Pellicelli Adriano, Giorgio Barbarini, Yoshihiro J. Akashi

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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (in Japanese language "takotsubo" is a fishing pot with a round bottom and a neck that is used for trapping octopuses) is a new syndrome, which is characterized by transient left ventricular dysfunction and by a typical left ventriculogram showing transient extensive akinesis of the apical and mid portions of the left ventricle with hypercontraction of the basal segment, from which this disease takes its name. Since 1990 sporadic cases of takotsubo cardiomyopathy were reported by Japanese authors, and only a few European report are available. We report a case of takotsubo-like left ventricular dysfunction in an human immunodefiency virus (HIV)-infected caucasian patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-241
Number of pages3
JournalCurrent HIV Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


  • Apical ballooning
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Myocarditis
  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases


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