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Clin Cardiol. 2007 Oct;30(10):527-8.

Noncompaction and neuromuscular disease with positive troponin-T in a nonagenerian.

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  • 1Krankenanstalt Rudolfstiftung, Vienna, Austria.


In a 94-year-old male with a history of atrial fibrillation, aortic stenosis, heart failure, apical thrombus, arterial hypertension, aneurysm of the abdominal aorta, and a urinary bladder carcinoma, cardiologic investigations revealed pulmonary rales, enlarged heart, absolute arrhythmia, and positive troponin-, myocardial thickening, enlarged cardiac cavities, hypocontractility, aortic stenosis, slight aortic insufficiency, severe mitral insufficiency, and surprisingly left ventricular hypertrabeculation. Upon neurological investigations, a polyneuropathy was suspected but a myopathy not completely excluded. The presented case shows that LVHT occurs also in nonagenarians and is associated with neuromuscular disease and positive troponin-T, in the absence of ischemic heart disease or severe renal failure. The cause of troponin-T-positivity remains multi-factorial.

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