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Am J Cardiol. 2016 Apr 15;117(8):1342-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.01.032. Epub 2016 Jan 28.

Association of Late Gadolinium Enhancement and Degree of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Assessed on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging With Ventricular Tachycardia in Children With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

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Section of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
EB Singleton Department of Radiology, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
Section of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Electronic address:


There are limited data on the clinical significance of left ventricular (LV) mass and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in pediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). We reviewed cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) studies of children with HC to investigate the associations between the extent and distribution of LGE and LV mass with ventricular tachycardia (VT) in children with HC. A blinded observer reviewed CMR studies for the presence and distribution of LV hypertrophy and LGE using a 17-segment model. The primary outcome was VT. LGE was present 17 of 33 subjects (52%). VT was present on outpatient Holter monitor or exercise stress test in 7 patients, of which 5 patients (71%) had LGE. Each additional segment of LGE was associated with an increase in the odds of VT (odds ratio [OR] 1.4, 95% CI 1.1 to 1.9) and fewer than 5 segments with LGE had 93% specificity for the presence or absence of VT (OR 0.06, 95% CI 0.01 to 0.5). VT was more common in patients with LGE in the apical septal (p = 0.03), basal inferoseptal (p <0.01), and basal inferior (p = 0.04) segments, whereas LGE in more commonly involved segments (midanteroseptal and midinferoseptal) was not associated with VT (p = 0.13, 0.26). Patients with VT had greater LV mass index (76.4 ± 40.4 g/m(2.7) vs 50.9 ± 24.3 g/m(2.7); p = 0.03). Each centimeter of increased maximum LV thickness was associated with increased likelihood of VT (OR 2.9, 95% CI 1.2 to 6.8). In conclusion, in pediatric HC, CMR to evaluate the extent and pattern of LGE, LV mass index, and maximum LV thickness may help to identify children with HC at risk of VT.

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