Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy mimics

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Imaging description Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a diagnosis made when myocardial wall thickness exceeds 15 mm in the absence of any explanatory cardiac disease. Importantly, there are several uncommon reasons for cardiac hypertrophy that can mimic the appearance of HCM and should be considered whenever making the diagnosis. One such entity is cardiac amyloidosis. Cardiac amyloidosis is notable for concentric left and right ventricular hypertrophy in combination with diastolic dysfunction, features that overlap with HCM. Unlike the majority of HCM cases, however, hypertrophy in amyloid is diffuse and symmetric (Figure 11.1). Amyloid also has a characteristic pattern of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), which is diffuse, concentric, and subendocardial, unlike the patch distribution of LGE seen in HCM (Figure 11.1). In addition, amyloid causes alterations in the kinetics and distribution of gadolinium contrast, which results in poor differentiation between the myocardium and blood pool on LGE images due to absorption of gadolinium by amyloid proteins in both the blood and heart. A second major diagnostic consideration when evaluating for HCM is a metabolic disorder such as Anderson-Fabry disease or, less commonly, Danon disease (Figure 11.2). These patients are typically young with left ventricular hypertrophy, similar to HCM, and midwall LGE, often confined to the basal inferolateral wall.Importance Mimics of HCM are important to recognize given that their treatment and prognosis significantly differ from that of HCM. Referring clinicians should be made aware of the possibility of alternative diagnoses so that additional testing is ordered. Typical clinical scenario Mimics of HCM are less common than HCM itself. Amyloidosis is uncommon, affecting 10 per million person years in the United States. The heart is involved in 90% of patients with systemic AL, or primary, amyloidosis, the most common of several types of amyloidosis. More than half of patients will die from arrhythmia or heart failure. Anderson-Fabry disease is the most common of the metabolic syndromes that result in myocardial hypertrophy.It is an x-linked disorder that is found in approximately 1:40,000 males; females are rarely affected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPearls and Pitfalls in Cardiovascular Imaging
Subtitle of host publicationPseudolesions, Artifacts and Other Difficult Diagnoses
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781139152228
ISBN (Print)9781107023727
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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