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CMR evaluation in patients with high grade ventricular arrhythmias


To assess by cardiac-MR the prevalence of myocardial alterations in arrhythmic patients.

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43 patients with non ischemic ventricular arrhythmias. Premature ventricular complexes had left bundle branch block morphology (LBBB) in 29 cases, in 7 a right bundle branch block contour (RBBB) and 7 had polymorphic patterns(PV). US was negative in 78.4% of patients, while CMR was negative in only 13% of patients. Studies were performed on a 1.5 MR scanner with Cine sequences (Fastcard or FIESTA), bb-FSE and IR-prep FGRE 15 minutes after injection of 0.2 mmol/Kg of Gd-DTPA.


CMR found a high prevalence of morphological, signal intensity and functional myocardial abnormalities. RV dilatation was found in 85% of patients with PV arrhytmias, 48.3% of patients with LBBB morphology, 12.5% of patients with RBBB morphology. LV dilatation was present in 28.6%, 25% and 24.1% of patients with LBBB, PV and RBBB type arrhytmias respectively. RV wall motion abnormalities were identified in 50% and 36.7% of patients with PV and LBBB pattern respectively while LV motion abnormalities in 25% and 10.3%. Free wall RV signal/thickness abnormalities were found in 23.3% of patients; LV signal abnormalities were found in 11.6% of patients.

Seven patients underwent myocardial biopsy: 5 positive for myocarditis, 1 positive for ARVD, one had a negative biopsy.


In patients with primary ventricular arrhythmias MR documented high prevalence (87%) of morphological, signal intensity and wall motion abnormalities even with negative echocardiogram.

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Bernardini, A., Meduri, A., Natale, L. et al. CMR evaluation in patients with high grade ventricular arrhythmias. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 11 (Suppl 1), P205 (2009).

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