Myocardial catastrophe a case of sudden, severe myocardial dysfunction

William J. Hucker, Yiannis S. Chatzizisis, Michael L. Steigner, Gayle L. Winters, James M. Kirshenbaum

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This case underscores the need to apply a wide differential diagnosis in a patient with an atypical and dramatic presentation of acute heart failure progressing to cardiogenic shock. Cardiac MRI and myocardial biopsy played a central role in the timely diagnosis of her disease and should be considered early in the diagnostic workup of a fulminant presentation. Only with a multidisciplinary approach involving several subspecialties of cardiology, hematology, pathology, radiology, and cardiac surgery was this patient rescued from a nearly fatal event; she now awaits transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-862
Number of pages9
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 2 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Anticoagulants
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Cardiogenic
  • Heart-assist devices
  • Shock

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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