Clinical Communications: Adult section| Volume 63, ISSUE 1, e1-e6, July 2022

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Pheochromocytoma-Induced Tako-Tsubo Syndrome: An Uncommon Presentation



      A pheochromocytoma-induced tako-tsubo syndrome is a life-threatening complication of the rare endocrinological disease. The association between the two syndromes is known, though seldom reported in literature, but the categorization is still debated.

      Case Report

      In this article, we provide two examples of clinical presentation of this rare condition, its diagnosis using point-of-care ultrasound, its management in the emergency department, and finally, a literature review.

      Why Should an Emergency Physician Be Aware of This?

      In case of a tako-tsubo syndrome-like myocardial dysfunction in a patient with unknown medical history, or recorded hypertensive or tachycardic peaks, a point-of-care ultrasound scan extended to the kidneys could help evaluate for a reversible underlying trigger cause such as pheochromocytoma.


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