Journal of Cardiovascular Echography

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 82--85

“where is the heart?” When cardiac magnetic resonance imaging helps if echocardiography is inconclusive


Alessandro Caretta, Laura Anna Leo, Vera Lucia Paiocchi, Lorenzo Grazioli Gauthier, Francesco Fulvio Faletra, Tiziano Moccetti 
 Fondazione Cardiocentro Ticino, Lugano, Switzerland; University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Alessandro Caretta
Via Raffaello Sanzio 6, 20149 Milano, Milan

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is the gold standard technique to comprehensively assess cardiac structure and function. A 64-year-old male, planned for surgical coronary revascularization, underwent transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography for a mitral regurgitation, with an eccentric jet of unclear mechanism; these examinations were inconclusive because of the lack of adequate visualization of the cardiac structures. A CMR was then performed to quantify mitral regurgitation and, additionally, it documented a giant hiatus hernia with gastric sliding into the thorax. In this case, CMR helped to better define the severity of a valvular disease and provided ancillary information from the extracardiac findings.


How to cite this article:
Caretta A, Leo LA, Paiocchi VL, Gauthier LG, Faletra FF, Moccetti T. “where is the heart?” When cardiac magnetic resonance imaging helps if echocardiography is inconclusive.J Cardiovasc Echography 2019;29:82-85


How to cite this URL:
Caretta A, Leo LA, Paiocchi VL, Gauthier LG, Faletra FF, Moccetti T. “where is the heart?” When cardiac magnetic resonance imaging helps if echocardiography is inconclusive. J Cardiovasc Echography [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 15 ];29:82-85
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