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Author: Sheela Subramanyam (1)


To report the case of a patient with a pheochromocytoma and apical left ventricular dysfunction that resolved after surgical resection of the pheochromocytoma, to review the effects of catecholamines on myocyte function and the concept that takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is caused by excess catecholamines, and to illustrate the difficulty in the management of an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) during a hypertensive crisis attributable to a pheochromocytoma.
We present the clinical history, physical findings, laboratory results, and imaging studies in a 60-year-old man with an ACS, TC, and an incidentaloma later diagnosed to be a pheochromocytoma. The association with TC and the pertinent literature are reviewed.

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