Multimodality cardiac imaging of a double chambered right ventricle with intrapulmonary shunting: a case report
1 Department of Radiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2 Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
3 Section of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Rm Y3531, Bergen Cardiac Care Centre, St. Boniface General Hospital, University of Manitoba, 409 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 2A6, Canada
BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:516 doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-516Published: 22 September 2012
Double chambered right ventricle (DCRV) is a relatively rare congenital heart disease, characterized by the abnormal division of the right ventricle into a high-pressure inlet and low-pressure outlet by anomalous muscle bundles. Extra-cardiac right-to-left shunts may present with clinical symptoms in adulthood and should be sought in patients with previous cavo-pulmonary shunt procedures.
We report a case of DCRV in a 29 year old Caucasian male presenting in adulthood with a right-to-left shunt secondary to venous collaterals, following cavopulmonary anastomosis for congenital pulmonary atresia and hypoplastic right ventricle.
Multimodality cardiac imaging using echocardiography, cardiac CT, cardiac MRI and cardiac catheterization is often required for complete characterization of complex congenital heart anomalies in adulthood.