Isolated left ventricular non-compaction: an unusual indication for heart transplantation

Hong Kong Med J. 2009 Oct;15(5):378-80.


We report a patient with isolated left ventricular non-compaction diagnosed by echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. She developed refractory congestive heart failure and subsequently underwent successful heart transplantation. This type of cardiomyopathy is thought to be caused by the arrest of normal embryogenesis of the endocardium and myocardium. The spectrum of clinical, radiological, and pathological abnormalities is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic / complications
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic / diagnosis
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic / therapy*
  • Echocardiography / methods
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / etiology
  • Heart Failure / therapy
  • Heart Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / complications
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnosis
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / therapy*