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Echocardiographic and pathoanatomical characteristics of isolated left ventricular non-compaction: a step towards classification as a distinct cardiomyopathy
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  • Published on:
    Non compaction diagnosis by MR
    • Paul Dendale, cardiologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Bernard Paelinck, Bert Suys

    Dear Editor

    In their study, Jenni et al describe the echocardiographic characteristics of a relatively rare cardiomyopathy, isolated ventricular non-compaction. As stated by the authors, this is a disease entity that is difficult to diagnose during life, and the improvement in image quality of modern echocardiography will probably allow to improve its early detection. In the last two years, our group diagno...

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  • Published on:
    Non-compaction or hypertrabeculation - that's one question.

    In normal hearts the left ventricle has only up to 3 trabeculations and is less trabeculated than the right ventricle [1]. In 1990, however, it was first described that in rare cases >3 trabeculations occur in the left ventricle (Non-compaction, isolated left ventricular abnormal trabeculation, hypertrabeculation) [2]. The trabeculations consist of myocardium, show the same echogenicity, move synchronously w...

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    Regarding Isolated ventricular non-compaction
    • Robert H Anderson, Joseph Levy Foundation Professor of Paediatric Cardiac Morphology

    I read with great interest the article by Jenni and colleagues [1], and the accompanying editorial by Varnava [2]. I agree with them that this entity is deserving of more attention, but if it is to be accorded special status within the group of cardiomyopathies, then I would suggest that much more work needs to be done to establish the phenotype.

    Thus, Jenni et al [1] argue that the non-compacted layer o...

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