Giant left ventricular pseudoaneurysm

Sumi Prakash, Nadish Garg, Gong Yuan Xie, Kevin C. Dellsperger

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Left ventricular (LV) pseudoaneurysm (PS) is an uncommon, often fatal complication associated with myocardial infarction, cardiothoracic surgery, trauma, and, rarely, infective endocarditis. A 28-year-old man with prior history of bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement presented with congestive heart failure and bacteremia with Abiotrophia granulitica. Transesophageal echocardiogram showed bioprosthesis dysfunction, large vegetations, mitral regurgitation, and probable PS. Cardiac and chest CT confirmed a PS communicating with the left ventricle Patient had pulseless electrical activity and died. Autopsy showed a giant PS with layered thrombus and pseudo-endothelialized cavity. Our case highlights the importance of multimodality imaging as an important tool in management of PS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-285
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Bioprosthesis
  • Endocarditis
  • Prosthetic heart valve
  • Pseudoaneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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