The differentiation of left ventricular pseudoaneurysm from true aneurysm is sometimes difficult. Given the propensity for pseudoaneurysms to rupture leading to cardiac tamponade, shock, and death, compared with a more benign natural history for true aneurysms, accurate diagnosis of these conditions is clinically important. Clinical symptoms, physical examination findings, electrocardiograms, and routine x-rays are not sensitive or specific for diagnosing left ventricular aneurysms nor for distinguishing true from pseudoaneurysm once detected. Our aim is to present a case report demonstrating these difficulties and to review the use of various cardiac imaging modalities in differentiating between these 2 entities.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Cardiology in Review|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2006|
- Myocardial infarction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine