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Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 179, Issue 3, pp 447–449 | Cite as

Cardiac carcinoid: tricuspid delayed hyperenhancement on cardiac 64-slice multidetector CT and magnetic resonance imaging

  • R. Martos
  • C. Ridge
  • M. Quinn
  • J. Dodd
Case Report

Abstract

Introduction

Carcinoid heart disease is a rare condition in adults. Its diagnosis can be easily missed in a patient presenting to a primary care setting. We revised the advantages of using coronary multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing this condition.

Materials and methods

We studied a 65-year-old patient with carcinoid heart disease and right heart failure using transthoracic Doppler-echocardiogram, cardiac MDCT and MRI. Cardiac echocardiogram revealed marked thickening and retraction of the tricuspid leaflets with dilated right atrium and ventricle. Cardiac MDCT and MRI demonstrated fixation and retraction of the tricuspid leaflets with delayed contrast hyperenhancement of the tricuspid annulus.

Conclusion

This case demonstrates fascinating imaging findings of cardiac carcinoid disease and highlights the increasing utility of contrast-enhanced MRI and cardiac MDCT in the diagnosis of this interesting condition.

Keywords

Carcinoid heart disease Multidetector computed tomography Magnetic resonance imaging 

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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologySt. Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of Radiology (Cardiac CT/MRI Program)St. Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland

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