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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 141-142

Left ventricle relative apical sparing in cardiac amyloidosis


1 Non Invasive Cardiology Unit, Emergency Department, University Hospital of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
2 Radiology Unit, Radiology and Laboratory Medicine Department, University Hospital of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Donato Mele
Non Invasive Cardiology Unit, University Hospital of Ferrara, Ferrara
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jcecho.jcecho_22_17

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Amyloidosis is a disease characterized by the extracellular deposition of the protein amyloid. It is a multiorgan disease, and cardiac involvement is not uncommon, generally in the form of a restrictive cardiomyopathy. Typical aspects of cardiac amyloidosis have been described at echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In particular, the relative apical sparing at two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography has been reported to be specific for cardiac amyloidosis. In our case, we report for the first time that this echocardiographic sign is related to lack of hyperenhancement at late gadolinium enhancement imaging in cardiac MRI.


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