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A case of strange cardiac rhythms.

Zeier MG, Kettritz R, Luft FC - Clin Kidney J (2012)

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Affiliation: Department of Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine , Charité Medical Faculty, Virchow Klinikum Campus.

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Our patient presented intubated and on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation... A routinely performed computed tomography (CT) scan showed no evidence of fractures, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or an abdominal mass (Figure 1)... The 5 cm diameter cystic lesion residing adjacent to the left kidney and the 1.7 cm solid lesion found adjacent to the right kidney led us to perform some more diagnostic tests... They are catecholamine-producing neuroendocrine tumours arising from chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla or extra-adrenal paraganglia... The tumours from extra-adrenal chromaffin tissue are referred to as extra-adrenal phaeochromocytomas or paragangliomas... The term paraganglioma is also used for the tumours derived from parasympathetic tissue in the head and neck, most of which do not produce catecholamines... Nearly 80–85% of phaeochromocytomas arise from the adrenal medulla, whereas about 15–20% are from extra-adrenal chromaffin tissue... Exaggerated sympathetic stimulation may play a pathogenic role in the development of SCM... The plasma catecholamine levels have been found to be markedly elevated in some patients with SCM, and the syndrome has also been observed in other clinical states of catecholamine excess such as central neurologic injury and phaeochromocytoma... Our patient had undergone cardiac compression during resuscitation and was critically ill, requiring ECMO, precluding a precise cardiac workup... We found no evidence of coronary disease and whether or not he had SCM prior to his fall is unknown... We counselled the good professor to leave the cherry picking to someone else... None declared.

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Mentions: A 60-year-old professor of astrophysics falls from a ladder while picking cherries from the tree. An ambulance is called to take him to the hospital. Initially, he is conscious but confused. While in the ambulance, he develops supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias and then ventricular fibrillation. He is resuscitated but unfortunately aspirates during intubation. No history is obtainable, but his wife reports that he was always healthy. In the emergency department, he required FiO2 of 100%, positive end-expiratory pressures of >20 mmHg, and shortly thereafter, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). A routinely performed computed tomography (CT) scan showed no evidence of fractures, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or an abdominal mass (Figure 1).Fig. 1.


A case of strange cardiac rhythms.

Zeier MG, Kettritz R, Luft FC - Clin Kidney J (2012)

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Mentions: A 60-year-old professor of astrophysics falls from a ladder while picking cherries from the tree. An ambulance is called to take him to the hospital. Initially, he is conscious but confused. While in the ambulance, he develops supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias and then ventricular fibrillation. He is resuscitated but unfortunately aspirates during intubation. No history is obtainable, but his wife reports that he was always healthy. In the emergency department, he required FiO2 of 100%, positive end-expiratory pressures of >20 mmHg, and shortly thereafter, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). A routinely performed computed tomography (CT) scan showed no evidence of fractures, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or an abdominal mass (Figure 1).Fig. 1.

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Affiliation: Department of Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine , Charité Medical Faculty, Virchow Klinikum Campus.

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Our patient presented intubated and on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation... A routinely performed computed tomography (CT) scan showed no evidence of fractures, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or an abdominal mass (Figure 1)... The 5 cm diameter cystic lesion residing adjacent to the left kidney and the 1.7 cm solid lesion found adjacent to the right kidney led us to perform some more diagnostic tests... They are catecholamine-producing neuroendocrine tumours arising from chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla or extra-adrenal paraganglia... The tumours from extra-adrenal chromaffin tissue are referred to as extra-adrenal phaeochromocytomas or paragangliomas... The term paraganglioma is also used for the tumours derived from parasympathetic tissue in the head and neck, most of which do not produce catecholamines... Nearly 80–85% of phaeochromocytomas arise from the adrenal medulla, whereas about 15–20% are from extra-adrenal chromaffin tissue... Exaggerated sympathetic stimulation may play a pathogenic role in the development of SCM... The plasma catecholamine levels have been found to be markedly elevated in some patients with SCM, and the syndrome has also been observed in other clinical states of catecholamine excess such as central neurologic injury and phaeochromocytoma... Our patient had undergone cardiac compression during resuscitation and was critically ill, requiring ECMO, precluding a precise cardiac workup... We found no evidence of coronary disease and whether or not he had SCM prior to his fall is unknown... We counselled the good professor to leave the cherry picking to someone else... None declared.

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