Acute pulmonary edema in an eclamptic pregnant patient: A rare case of Takotsubo syndrome

Kunal Karamchandani, Brandon Bortz, Sonia Vaida

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Objective: Rare co-existance of disease or pathology 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-685
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Case Reports
StatePublished - Sep 23 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Eclampsia
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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