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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-41

Clinical and echocardiography features of diagnosed in adulthood isolated left ventricular noncompaction: A case series study


1 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Mackay Memorial Hospital; Mackay Medicine Nursing and Management College; Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Science, National Yang Ming University; Department of Medicine, Mackay Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Mackay Memorial Hospital; Department of Medicine, Mackay Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan
4 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, MacKay Children Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ming-Ren Chen
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, MacKay Children Hospital, No. 92, Sec. 2, Zhongshan N. Road, Taipei
Taiwan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JMU.JMU_1_18

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Background: Left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC) is a primary genetic cardiomyopathy with morphologically unique characteristics, including loose “spongy” meshwork. Subjects carrying these disorders were typically presented with triad of heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and consequences of mural thrombi formation. The clinical and echocardiographic features regarding LVNC, however, are not widely known. Methods: A retrospective survey involving 11 patients who fulfilled echocardiographic criteria for LVNC defined by Jenni et al. was conducted at MacKay Memorial Hospital from January 2009 to March 2017. Parameters assessed by echocardiography and clinical data were further analyzed. Results: Significantly depressed left ventricular systolic function assessed by echocardiography was noticed in a majority of our adult study cases. Conclusion: Considering the fatal complications LVNC may lead to, it is essential for clinical cardiologists to early identify suspicious individuals, and the establishment of definitive criteria and early treatment is essential.


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