Psilocybin-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Wiktoria Julia Kotts, David T. Gamble, Dana K. Dawson, David Connor*

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We present a case of takotsubo cardiomyopathy following recreational ingestion of Psilocybe semilanceata (known as 'magic mushrooms'). The patient presented with respiratory distress and pulmonary oedema responding to standard medical measures. Investigations included: echocardiogram, cardiac MRI and angiogram. Based on our search, we suggest this is only the second recognised case in the published literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere245863
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number5
Early online date17 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2022


  • clinical diagnostic tests
  • drug misuse (including addiction)
  • poisoning
  • Psilocybin/adverse effects
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy/diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Hallucinogens


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