A 29-year-old German woman went to the ER thinking she was having a breakdown. She was very anxious, and reported a serious fight with her boyfriend earlier that day. Her hysteria turned out to be an aortic dissection
. Fortunately she survived after emergency surgery.
A woman in Germany who went to the emergency room because she felt "hysterical" ended up not having a psychiatric disorder as doctors originally suspected. Instead, she had a serious heart condition that could have killed her, according to a new report of her case.
Although the woman's symptoms seemed to be mainly psychological in nature and she was not in any pain, her doctors noticed some key physical clues that led them to the correct diagnosis, and likely saved her life. The case shows that people who have physical illnesses may have no physical pain but instead have psychiatric symptoms, the doctors who treated her wrote in their report.