Eclipsed mitral regurgitation successfully treated with a co
Eclipsed mitral regurgitation (MR), which is characterized by a transient and reversible massive functional MR, usually causes recurrent episodes of acute pulmonary oedema in patients with a preserved left ventricular ejection fraction. The pathophysiological mechanism and optimal treatment of eclipsed MR are not yet fully understood.

A 72-year-old woman was hospitalized with cardiogenic shock and takotsubo cardiomyopathy. After hospitalization worsening dyspnoea again appeared, and urgent transthoracic echocardiography revealed severe MR, which spontaneously resolved in a few minutes. At this point, eclipsed MR was detected for the first time. Diagnostic examination revealed that the eclipsed MR was caused by a left ventricular afterload increase. Ultimately, the patient began medical therapy and underwent mitral valve replacement. The subsequent clinical course was favourable.

Source: European Heart Journal - Case Reports, ytz039

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