Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 545–547 | Cite as

Double-chambered left ventricle – a “heart within a heart”

  • John D. Gilbert
  • Roger W. Byard
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A 20-year-old previously well man drowned after performing a back-flip off a bridge into a river. At autopsy no significant injuries or organic illness were identified. An unusual incidental finding was a double chambered left ventricle, or so-called “heart within a heart”, with the left ventricle subdivided into two separate chambers by a muscular septum. Awareness of this entity in forensic casework is important as this anomaly, despite its dramatic appearance, is not associated with anomalous conduction tracts or arrhythmogenic conditions, and so is usually a completely incidental finding at autopsy.


Double-chambered left ventricle Heart within a heart Incidental finding Aneurysm Diverticula 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forensic Science SAThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Adelaide Medical SchoolThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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