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Characterization of a calcified intra-cardiac pseudocyst of the mitral valve by magnetic resonance imaging including T1 and T2 mapping

Ursula Reiter1*, Gert Reiter2, Martin Asslaber3, Drago Dacar4, Ralph Maderthaner1, Josepha Binder5, Andreas Greiser6, Meinrad Beer7 and Michael Fuchsjäger1

Author Affiliations

1 Division of General Radiology, Department of Radiology, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 9/P, Graz A-8036, Austria

2 Siemens AG, Healthcare Sector, Graz, Austria

3 Institute of Pathology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

4 Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

5 Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

6 Siemens AG, Healthcare Sector, Erlangen, Germany

7 Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany

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BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2014, 14:11  doi:10.1186/1471-2261-14-11

Published: 28 January 2014



Even though intra-cardiac cystic lesions are extremely unusual in adults, they should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with valvular masses. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has emerged as modality of choice for non-invasive characterization of cardiac masses.

Case presentation

We report a case of an intra-cardiac mass of the mitral valve in a 51-year old male, detected by echocardiography after transient ischemic attack and retinal artery occlusion. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging was performed at 3 T to evaluate and characterize the lesion prior to surgery. Diagnosis of a calcified left-ventricular pseudocyst of the mitral valve was confirmed by histological evaluation.


This case presents the unusual finding of contrast uptake in an intra-cardiac cystic lesion and points to the potential of T1 and T2 mapping for assisting in the characterization and diagnosis of intra-cardiac masses by CMR.