Cardiomyopathy from prior rheumatic carditis

Case contributed by Dr Bita Abbasi


Presents to ER with shortness of breath worsening over the last few months. Past history of mitral valve replacement due to rheumatic carditis in childhood.

Patient Data

Age: 35 y
Gender: Male

Enlarged left atrium with carinal widening. Right atrium is enlarged due to tricuspid valve regurgitatation. Pericardial calciifcation is seen at the margin of the enlarged left atrium. Note the prosthetic mitral valve and sternal sutures. Azygos fissure draining to an enlarged azygos vein is noted. Main pulmonary artery enlargement is seen. Dilatation of SVC and azygos vein is due to right heart fialure. Patient is a candidate for tricuspid valve replacement.

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Case information

rID: 20345
Published: 14th Nov 2012
Last edited: 21st Feb 2016
System: Cardiac, Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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