A patient admitted to hospital after injury to the abdomen was found to have transient hypertension which was followed by profound hypotension. ST elevation developed and extensive myocardial akinesia was seen at echocardiography, but coronary angiograms at this stage were normal. After treatment with intravenous fluids and dopamine he progressively recovered normal cardiac function. A partly necrotic catecholamine secreting tumour was later removed from the abdomen and it is likely that a kick to the abdomen had damaged the tumour and the consequent release of catecholamine had triggered a phaeochromocytoma crisis.
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