|CURRICULUM IN CARDIOLOGY - IMAGES
|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 102-104
Endomyocardial fibrosis regression
Karishma Landge1, Vineeta Ojha2, Kartik P Ganga2, Prateek Kaushik3, Pooja Sharma4, Priya Jagia2, Sudheer Arava4, Patel Chetan3, Gurpreet Gulati2, Ruma Ray4, Sandeep Seth1
1 Department of Cardiology, All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Cardiac Radiology, All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Nuclear Medicine, All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Pathology, All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
|Date of Submission||20-Feb-2019|
|Date of Decision||20-May-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||25-Jun-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||19-Aug-2019|
Dr. Karishma Landge
Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Endomyocardial fibrosis usually is an end-stage cardiomyopathy. We present a case which was picked up early in a stage with active thrombosis and inflammation using magnetic resonance imaging and DOTANOC scans and treated leading to regression of inflammation and thrombus. We advocate aggressive investigation of all cardiomyopathies to look for treatable causes.
Keywords: Dotanoc, endomyocardial fibrosis, emf, imaging, MRI, regression
|How to cite this article:|
Landge K, Ojha V, Ganga KP, Kaushik P, Sharma P, Jagia P, Arava S, Chetan P, Gulati G, Ray R, Seth S. Endomyocardial fibrosis regression. J Pract Cardiovasc Sci 2019;5:102-4
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Landge K, Ojha V, Ganga KP, Kaushik P, Sharma P, Jagia P, Arava S, Chetan P, Gulati G, Ray R, Seth S. Endomyocardial fibrosis regression. J Pract Cardiovasc Sci [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Jan 22];5:102-4. Available from: https://www.j-pcs.org/text.asp?2019/5/2/102/264637
This patient presented with shortness of breath for 6 months. Echocardiogram was suggestive of restrictive cardiomyopathy [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3]. There was predominantly left ventricular (LV) apex obliteration with what looked like an irregular apex clot. Since the history was short, the patient underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), DOTANOC scan for inflammation, and an endomyocardial biopsy. The MRI [Figure 4], [Figure 5], [Figure 6], [Figure 7] suggested an LV apical clot but no evidence of inflammation by the MRI criteria. There was also some right ventricular apical obliteration. The overall impression was endomyocardial fibrosis. His hemogram was normal and there was no eosinophilia. A DOTANOC scan was also done [Figure 8] and [Figure 9]. The DOTANOC scan picked up inflammation underlying the thrombus. This was followed by an endomyocardial biopsy [Figure 10], [Figure 11] that revealed fibrosis but no inflammation. Based on all the findings, he was put on anticoagulation and steroids. With this, the thrombus and inflammation regressed and the patient improved [Figrue 12].
|Figure 4: Magnetic resonance imaging figures showing apex obliteration and fibrosis.|
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|Figure 6: Magnetic resonance imaging figures showing apex obliteration and fibrosis getting resolved (arrows pointing to remnants of thrombus).|
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|Figure 11: Histopathology from endomyocardial biopsy, showing fibrosis (high power slide).|
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Endomyocardial fibrosis is usually a condition which is seen as an end-stage disease after the inflammation and thrombotic stage has passed. This patient was unique and we picked him up early. The newer imaging techniques (MRI and DOTANOC scanning), picked up both inflammation and a thrombus which the biopsy did not pick up. Treating him aggressively helping improve a disease which has generally been considered untreatable.
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