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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 1 ( January, 2011 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

Apical ballooning syndrome after attempted suicidal hanging

Gagan Brar, Jose Chacko, Ashok Elangovan, Ramanathan Moorthy

Keywords : Apical ballooing, left ventricular dysfunction, suicidal hanging

Citation Information : Brar G, Chacko J, Elangovan A, Moorthy R. Apical ballooning syndrome after attempted suicidal hanging. Indian J Crit Care Med 2011; 15 (1):43-45.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.78225

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

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.


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