Noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium: The use of contrast-enhanced echocardiography in diagnosis

Maureen H. Lowery, Jose A. Martel, Juan P. Zambrano, Alexandre Ferreira, Lourdes Eco, Anthony Gallagher

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We describe a case of noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium diagnosed in the preoperative evaluation of a patient undergoing renal transplantation. Ventricular noncompaction is characterized by numerous prominent trabecular recesses with intratrabecular blood from the ventricular cavity. Color Doppler was suggestive of intramyocardial flow. With contrast-enhanced echocardiography the endocardial borders were clearly demarcated, allowing for visualization of trabecular recesses and intratrabecular flow. Contrast-enhanced echocardiography facilitates the diagnosis of noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium, circumventing the need for invasive diagnostic testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-96
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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