An unusual complication of myocardial infarction

Cristina Mada, Razvan Olimpiu Mada, Adrian Stef, Adrian Molnar, Horia Stefan Rosianu


Despite medical and interventional advances, the mechanical complications of acute myocardial infarction are associated with high mortality. Timely surgical therapy requires a prompt and accurate diagnosis. Multimodality imaging has become the standard of care in modern cardiology. Despite the widespread use and cost-effectiveness of cardiac ultrasound in the acute setting, the method is highly user-dependent. In complex cases a second imaging technique is often required. The case presents the key role of multimodal imaging in the evaluation of a patient with a very rare complication of an acute myocardial infarction, a pseudoaneurysm of the interventricular septum respectively. In addition to confirming the diagnosis assumed by echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography provides additional structural and functional information essential to proper management.


pseudoaneurism; myocardial infarction; multimodality imaging

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