Number 08-19 Diagnosing RV dilatation by CMR
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Number 08-19 Diagnosing RV dilatation by CMR

Case from: Sivan Lieberman, Anil K Attili, Adam L Dorfman:University of Michigan

History: A 52 year old male with a dilated right ventricle and elevated pulmonary artery pressures on echocardiography.




CMR Findings: Dilated right ventricle (EDV 179ml/sqm) and right atrium. Dilated main pulmonary artery. No ASD detected, but anomalous pulmonary venous connections of the entire right lung to the SVC and right atrium. No Scimitar syndrome, no sinus venosus ASD. Normal pulmonary venous connections of the left lung to the left atrium. Qp/Qs 2.4:1

CMR Points: In RV dilatation, CMR is of great utility. It can:
Assess function and RV cardiomyopathy
Assess Qp:Qs, in this case showing volume overload.
Identify intracardiac shunts
Identify extracardiac shunts, in this case PAPVD
CMR can be considered a non-invasive alternative to cardiac catheterization in this group of patients.
** If, as a CMR practionner, a patient is referred for CMR as "?ARVC", and there is RVdilatation, consider the possibility of a shunt and systematically exclude or search for it.

Outcome: The patient underwent an uneventful surgical repair accomplished by creating an ASD and then constructing an intra-atrial baffle from the anomalous pulmonary veins through the ASD to the left atrium.


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