IMR Press / RCM / Volume 20 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.31083/j.rcm.2019.01.3281
Open Access Original Research
Differentiation of patients with two-dimensional echocardiography false positive non-compaction of ventricular myocardium by contrast echocardiography
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Department of Ultrasound, Xijing Hospital, Air Force Medical University, Xi'an, Shananxi 710032, P.R China.
Rev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2019, 20(1), 41–46;
Published: 30 March 2019

Although echocardiography can be used to detect patients with non-compaction of the ventricular myocardium, it is often difficult to diagnose. In this study, the endocardium may be clearly visualized by contrast echocardiography to improve the diagnostic accuracy of patients with noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium. Twenty-four patients (n = 24) suspected with non-compaction of the ventricular myocardium Underwent transthoracic echocardiography including an intracardiac contrast echocardiography. The clinical data, Left ventricular opacification, and contrast echocardiography results were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-four patients (n = 24) suspected with noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium were classified with transthoracic echocardiography and contrast echocardiography results into two groups: false positive and true positive. There were no significant differences in age, predisposing segments, Left Ventricular End-Diastolic Diameter, Left Ventricular End-Diastolic Volume, Left Ventricular End-Systolic Diameter, Left Ventricular End-Systolic Volume and ejection fraction between the two groups (P > 0.05). The thickness ratio of noncompacted to compacted myocardium (N/C) in the true positive group was significantly higher than that in the false positive group (3.47 ± 1.31 vs. 4.96 ± 1.28; P < 0.05). The range of noncompact myocardium in non-compaction of the ventricular myocardium patients can be observed clearly by Left ventricular opacification. Contrast medium in trabecular space and crypt is plentiful and ultrasonic contrast is more objective in measuring the thickness of dense myocardium. Two-dimensional echocardiography plays a characteristic role in the diagnosis of non-compaction of the ventricular myocardium; however, some suspected patients were observed to be false positive. Left ventricular opacification can greatly improve the clarity and accuracy of the endocardial margin by enhancing left ventricular imaging, displaying the true dense and non-dense layers, and improve the accuracy of ultrasonic diagnosis of noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium. The purpose of this paper was to explore the applied value of contrast echocardiography for heart diagnosis.

Non-compaction of ventricular myocardium
cardiac contrast echocardiography
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