We thank Dr. Hessel for the important comments and his ability to quote another report, by Ramakrishna et al. ,1of perioperative stress–induced apical ballooning (Takotsubo cardiomyopathy). The authors presented a case of a 35-yr-old woman who underwent hepatectomy and developed apical ballooning syndrome in the postoperative period.
We agree with the old adage quoted by Dr. Hessel that “we only see what we look for” as an explanation for the fact that perioperative apical ballooning was reported only recently. Furthermore, as emphasized by the famous Irish dramatist, literary critic, and social spokesman George Bernard Shaw in 1906, ideas frequently recur in the history of medicine,4with many of them being “reinvented” periodically. In fact, as we commented in our case report,3a previous description of perioperative apical ballooning was published by Mizutani and Okada5in the Japanese literature.
Supposedly, along their professional career, anesthesia practitioners might miss cases of apical ballooning or misinterpret them as myocardial ischemia. Therefore, we consider that the main message of our case report is to enhance the readers’ awareness about the potential for occurrence of Takotsubo syndrome in the perioperative period.
*Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel. email@example.com