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- Received March 3, 2010
- Accepted March 9, 2010
- Published online July 20, 2010.
A 34-year-old woman with failure symptoms was referred for magnetic resonance imaging. Cine images revealed a thick trabeculated endocardial wall and a thin solid epicardial wall at the left ventricular apex, consistent with left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC). During systole, “fountain”-like jets appeared within the cavity (arrow, A, Online Video 1). Similar jets are demonstrated in another patient (a 32-year-old man) with magnetic resonance imaging findings of apical LVNC (arrow, B, Online Video 2). Although turbulent flow within the wall has been previously described in LVNC, intracavitary jets have not. Although not present in all patients with LVNC, this novel finding may help to suggest the diagnosis in some patients.
- Received March 3, 2010.
- Accepted March 9, 2010.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation