ACUTE CHEST PAIN IN A 58 YEAR OLD LADY


A 58 Year old lady presented to an emergency service of another hospital a day after Diwali festival with acute chest pain.

Her ECG showed T wave inversion in anterior and inferior wall leads. Her Troponin I was negative.  Her ECHO was reported as normal. She was managed as an acute coronary syndrome in that hospital.

The ECG is given below.

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She was discharged with partial relief of her pain with a prescription of  high dose statin, clopidogrel , aspirin , anti anginals and PPI. . She was advised to report back if symptoms worsened for a coronary angiogram.

As she was not getting better , she went to a different cardiologist , who revised some of the anti anginals. She was still not getting better . Now she was having chest pain and vomiting and she came to me for consultation. The ECG showed similar changes. On examination she had tenderness over Murphy’s point.

Her abdominal scan revealed a distended gall bladder with two big gallstones and one of them was obstructing the cystic duct.

She had acute cholecystitis with gallstones causing obstruction of the cystic duct.

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She was referred to the surgeon and underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy and was found to have empyema of gallbladder due to the obstruction.  She had an uneventful post operative period .

This case is presented here to underline the fact that  acute cholecystitis can mimic acute coronary syndrome and can have non specific T wave changes. Beware.

12 thoughts on “ACUTE CHEST PAIN IN A 58 YEAR OLD LADY

  1. I think AC cholecystitis is a D.D for ACS,but for the ECG which misguided this case?There was no sign of Obst Jaundice?Thanks for reporting this interesting case,Narayanan.

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  2. Years ago I always took a routine look at the gb when doing the subcostal view for echo …i cannot tell you how many gallstones i found on patients having echo for chest pain …. then of course as medicine in the US changed I was no longer allowed to look……….. Im sure there have been thousands more

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  3. I can remeber a case where the opposite happened. A hospital I worked was treating a patient overnight for gallbaldder. When my co-worker and I did his ecg the next morning, he was having an acute MI

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  4. Nice case
    It is classical?
    ST T changes seems non specific
    And we have to be a good clinician ..(history anamnesis and phisical exam!!!
    Personnally systematically when i do echo cardiac i take subcostal view and i look every time the GB
    We must to be clinician and echocardiographist
    Nice case
    Thanks

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