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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 164-167

Noncompaction cardiomyopathy: Case presentation with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging findings and literature review

1 Department of Radiology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Correspondence Address:
Mnahi Bin Saeedan
Department of Radiology, MBC-28, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh 11211
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1995-705X.172212

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Left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy is a very rare condition, yet believed to be often overlooked. It is thought to be caused by the developmental arrest in embryogenesis and characterized by an increase in the noncompacted, trabeculated myocardium adjacent to compacted myocardium in the left ventricular. The clinical presentations of this type of cardiomyopathy are of variable severity. Echocardiography used to be the diagnostic modality, but recent reports suggest that cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has higher sensitivity and specificity by showing a ratio of the noncompacted myocardium to compacted myocardium of >2.3.

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