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      Left Ventricular Pseudoaneurysm: Diagnosis by Cine Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Pseudoaneurysm, False aneurysm, Magnetic resonance imaging

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          We report a case that illustrates the difficulty in diagnosing left ventricular (LV) pseudoaneurysm and the potential value of cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A 69-year-old man with a history of ischemic congestive heart failure had a mass found on routine chest X-ray, contiguous with the cardiac silhouette. Neither CT nor echocardiography accurately defined the mass. The diagnosis of LV pseudoaneurysm was definitely made by cine MRI. Although the accuracy of various imaging modalities for detecting LV pseudoaneurysm is not known, cine MRI was the most useful test in this case. Despite refusing surgery to correct the pseudoaneurysm, the patient survived for nearly 4 years, treated only with anticoagulation.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1999
          February 2000
          23 March 2000
          : 92
          : 3
          : 217-219
          Affiliations
          Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Calif., USA
          Article
          6975 Cardiology 1999;92:217–219
          10.1159/000006975
          10754355
          © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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