European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 168, Issue 10, pp 1273–1275

Broken heart syndrome in a 17-year-old girl

  • Murat Biteker
  • Nilüfer Ekşi Duran
  • Hasret Ayyıldız Civan
  • Sabahattin Gündüz
  • Tayyar Gökdeniz
  • Hasan Kaya
  • Mehmet Özkan
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DOI: 10.1007/s00431-008-0916-6

Cite this article as:
Biteker, M., Duran, N.E., Civan, H.A. et al. Eur J Pediatr (2009) 168: 1273. doi:10.1007/s00431-008-0916-6

Abstract

Broken heart syndrome is characterized by transient left ventricular dysfunction with chest pain, electrocardiographic changes, and release of myocardial enzymes mimicking acute myocardial infarction. Physical and emotional stress usually precede the onset of symptoms. This dysfunction, known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC), has been observed predominantly in women older than 60 years of age but very rarely reported in younger adults or children. Here we describe a 17-year-old girl with TC.

Keywords

AdolescentBroken heart syndromeTakotsubo cardiomyopathy

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Murat Biteker
    • 1
  • Nilüfer Ekşi Duran
    • 1
  • Hasret Ayyıldız Civan
    • 2
  • Sabahattin Gündüz
    • 1
  • Tayyar Gökdeniz
    • 1
  • Hasan Kaya
    • 1
  • Mehmet Özkan
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiology DepartmentKosuyolu Kartal Heart Education and Research HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsKartal Dr Lütfi Kırdar Education and Research HospitalIstanbulTurkey