Thromboembolic complications of left ventricular noncompaction: case report and brief review of the literature

J Clin Ultrasound. 2007 Oct;35(8):465-8. doi: 10.1002/jcu.20349.


Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) is a rare condition that is believed to represent an arrest in endomyocardial morphogenesis. This entity may be complicated by the development of mural thrombi and embolic events, however data on the associated thromboembolic risk is variable and poorly defined. We describe 2 cases of LVNC in African American patients presenting with thromboembolic manifestations and briefly review the available literature relevant to this complication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Echocardiography
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Ventricles / abnormalities*
  • Heart Ventricles / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Thromboembolism / diagnosis
  • Thromboembolism / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / complications*
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnostic imaging