Tako-tsubo syndrome as a consequence and cause of stroke

Anna Bersano, Eugenio Parati, Patrizia Melchiorre, Giorgio Moschwitis, Francesca Tavarini, Carlo Cereda, Giuseppe Micieli, Claudio Bassetti

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Since tako-tsubo syndrome (TS) frequently appears soon after stroke (usually stroke involving the insular cortex), it is believed to be a consequence rather than a cause of stroke.

Herein, we describe a 70-year-old woman presenting with a left middle cerebral artery stroke (involving the insular cortex) who developed a further contralateral ischemic stroke with concomitant detection of a transient intracardiac mural thrombus attributable to TS. It can reasonably be maintained that that in our patient insular stroke triggered the TS, which in turn became the embolic cause of a further stroke.

Given the association between TS and the risk of embolic stroke, congestive heart failure and sudden death, stroke physicians need to promptly detect and appropriately manage this condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-137
Number of pages3
JournalFunctional Neurology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2014


  • Cardioembolic
  • Insular stroke
  • Stroke
  • Stroke cause
  • Tako-tsubo syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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