Atypical Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Secondary to Combination of Chemo-Immunotherapy in a Patient With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Cureus. 2020 Jul 27;12(7):e9429. doi: 10.7759/cureus.9429.


Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) also known as broken heart syndrome or stress-induced cardiomyopathy is a relatively rare and transient form of cardiomyopathy. It usually mimics myocardial infarction in terms of clinical and electrocardiographic presentation, but coronary angiography usually does not reveal any evidence of coronary artery occlusion. Even though many underlying causes including emotional, physical or physiological stress have been identified, the exact pathogenesis remains

uncertain. Few of anticancer therapies have been reported as an emerging cause of TC; however, no strong evidence of immunotherapy causing cardiomyopathy. We here present a very rare case of atypical TC in a 57-year-old female with advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer who underwent combined cytotoxic chemotherapy and immunotherapy with carboplatin, pemetrexed and pembrolizumab.