Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Brief Clinical Note

A case of cerebellar hemorrhage complicated with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy
-usefulness of plasma brain natriutetic peptide measuremnt-

Takashi Shiromoto, M.D., Kensaku Shibazaki, M.D., Kazumi Kimura, M.D. and Kenichiro Sakai, M.D.

Department of Stroke Medicine, Kawasaki Medical School

A 94-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of altered mental status and cerebellar ataxia of left upper and lower extremities. A brain CT scan revealed a right cerebellar hemorrhage approximately 15 cc. Plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) value on admission was 1,064.6 pg/ml. Twelve-lead ECG revealed negative T-wave in V3-V5. Transthoracic echocardiology confirmed an ejection fraction of 35%, and left ventricular apical akinesia and basal hyperkinesis were seen. Plasma BNP value was dramatically declined in the subacute phase of cerebellar hemorrhage. On the 14th day, echocardiography showed completely improvement of the left ventricular wall abnormalities. Therefore, we diagnosed having as a Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy. Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy is a rare complication of acute intracerebral hemorrhage. In the present case, plasma BNP was effective as a screening marker of Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy and serial measurement of BNP was made helpful to know cardiac status.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 52: 778|781, 2012)
key words: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, cerebellar hemorrhage, brain natriuretic peptide

(Received: 28-Feb-12)