MRI Findings in Desmoplakin-related Arrhythmogenic Left Ventricular Cardiomyopathy in a Pediatric Patient: A Case Report

Radiol Cardiothorac Imaging. 2023 Mar 2;5(2):e220209. doi: 10.1148/ryct.220209. eCollection 2023 Apr.


Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM) is a heart muscle disorder that cannot be explained by ischemic, hypertensive, or valvular heart disease and often results in sudden cardiac death. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is the best-characterized ACM and can be diagnosed using the revised task force criteria. In contrast, there are no accepted clinical diagnostic criteria for arrhythmogenic left ventricular cardiomyopathy (ALVC), another subtype of ACM. Cardiac MRI aids in ARVC diagnosis by delineating biventricular structural and functional abnormalities and can be instrumental in diagnosing ALVC. This report presents a pediatric case of desmoplakin cardiomyopathy, a distinct subtype of ALVC, with findings overlapping myocarditis and LV noncompaction. Keywords: Pediatrics, Heart, Cardiomyopathies Supplemental material is available for this article. © RSNA, 2023.

Keywords: Cardiomyopathies; Heart; Pediatrics.

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