Circulation Journal
Online ISSN : 1347-4820
Print ISSN : 1346-9843
ISSN-L : 1346-9843
Images in Cardiovascular Medicine
Congenital Left Ventricular Aneurysm
– Diagnostic Usefulness of 3-Dimensional Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Late Gadolinium Enhancement –
Tetsuo YamaguchiTakamichi MiyamotoYasuteru YamauchiTohru Obayashi
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2015 Volume 79 Issue 3 Pages 668-669


Congenital left ventricular (LV) aneurysms are rare cardiac malformations.1 They appear to be developmental anomalies that arise during the fourth embryonic week.2 Clinically, most congenital LV aneurysms are asymptomatic, but some may cause systemic embolization, heart failure, valvular regurgitation, ventricular wall rupture, ventricular tachycardia, or sudden cardiac death.35 Here we describe a congenital LV aneurysm that caused ventricular tachycardia, and was diagnosed using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR).

A 17-year-old man, without any relatives and who lived in welfare facilities, presented with palpitations. His vital signs were normal and his heart sounds were normal, with an irregular rhythm, but no murmur. Electrocardiography (ECG) showed multifocal premature ventricular contractions (PVC), and transthoracic echocardiography indicated diffuse LV systolic dysfunction (estimated ejection fraction, 37%) and an anterolateral aneurysm (Figure 1A). On Holter ECG monitoring frequent PVC (26,333 beats/day; 24.7% of the total heart rate) and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT) were noted (Figure 1B). CMR showed a LV anterolateral multilocular aneurysm (6.7 cm×3.9 cm; 3D-CMR, Figures 2A,B; cine magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], Figure 2C) with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) on the endocardial side (Figure 2D). He did not report any traumatic causes. Coronary angiography excluded coronary artery disease, and local or systemic inflammation was excluded based on laboratory data and MRI. MRI also excluded other cardiomyopathies.

Figure 1.

(A) Aneurysm in the anterolateral left ventricular wall (arrow). (B) Holter electrocardiography showing non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (14 couplets; 219 beats/min).

Figure 2.

(A,B) Three-dimensional cardiac magnetic resonance imaging showing left ventricular (LV) aneurysm (6.7 cm×3.9 cm) in the anterolateral wall. (C) Cine magnetic resonance imaging showing hypokinetic apical LV wall motion and mild thinning of the aneurysm wall. These findings suggested congenital LV aneurysm. (D) Late gadolinium enhancement is apparent on the endocardial side of the aneurysm. RV, right ventricle.

LGE during CMR is very useful for evaluating LV function and for discriminating cardiomyopathies.68 In the present case, CMR clearly showed a large, multilocular aneurysm with LGE in the LV. CMR helped diagnose a congenital LV aneurysm, and LGE suggested poor prognosis. After oral amiodarone therapy and implantation of a cardioverter defibrillator, NSVT disappeared.

This is the first report of 3D-CMR of a congenital LV aneurysm with documented ventricular tachycardia.


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