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Left sided arrhythmogenic ventricular dysplasia in siblings
  1. C G De Pasquale,
  2. W F Heddle
  1. Cardiac Services, Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders Drive, Bedford Park, 5042, South Australia, Australia
  1. Dr C G De Pasqualecarmine.depasquale{at}


A 32 year old man with no previous medical history suffered a sudden cardiac death. Post mortem examination revealed circumferential fibro-fatty infiltration of the left ventricular myocardium. Histological appearance was characteristic of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia but unusual for its localisation only to the left ventricle. As a result of this sudden cardiac death the family of the deceased was screened for cardiac disease. A brother of the index case was 36 years old and free of cardiac history and symptoms. Cardiac investigations revealed a functionally and electrically abnormal left ventricle with apparent sparing of the right ventricle. The brothers may have a left sided form of arrhythmogenic ventricular dysplasia and illustrate the importance of screening family members of young victims of sudden cardiac death.

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