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[A case of restrictive cardiomyopathy due to anthracycline treatment]

HELTAI Krisztina, SZABÓKI Ferenc

MARCH 20, 2002

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2002;12(03)

[INTRODUCTION - A case of restrictive cardiomyopathy with consecutive arrhythmia is presented which developed 20 years after adriablastin treatment CASE REPORT - A 30 years old women has already been treated for 3 years at an outpatient clinic for paroxysmal supraventricular tachycarcia (PSVT) and shortness of breath. All therapeutic interventions were ineffectual, since the patient refused to take the prescribed medicines because of feeling worse after taking them. This lack of compliance was first explained by vegetative neurosis, but later she was examined with the suspicion of dilatative cardiomyopathy and coronary heart disease. The patient was admitted to the Cardiology Intensive Care Unit with cardiogenic shock which developed after injection of propafenon that had been given due to PSVT. On admission sinus rhythm was seen, but later PSVT and non-sustained VT were recorded. Echocardiography showed diffuse hypokinesis, normal diameter of left ventricle and increased right ventricle pressure. Considering the low EF and the recurring high frequency arrhythmia, amiodarone treatment was introduced successfully. From the medical history of the patient it emerged, that in 1977, she underwent surgery due to neuroblastoma with consecutive combined chemotherapy containing adriablastin. CONCLUSION - It is presumed that the recurring arrhythmia was a consequence of restrictive cardiomyopathy resulting from anthracycline treatment. To prove the diagnosis of restrictive cardiomyopathy echocardiography, Swan-Ganz catheter insertion, coronarography and myocardium biopsy were performed to exclude other possible causes of restrictive cardiomyopathy and to verify the toxic effect of anthracycline.]

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