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Right heart failure due to ventricular adiposity: 'adipositas cordis'--an old diagnosis revisited.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8640594     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Adiposity of the heart is characterized by an increase in the amount of epicardial and other adipose tissue. The most pronounced changes involve the right ventricle. The adipocytes may be interposed between myocytes, and in severe cases the normal mechanics and function of the ventricle are impaired. Adiposity of the heart is usually an incidental finding at autopsy, and only rarely is it of clinical significance. This report describes a 46-year-old female with multiorgan failure secondary to bronchopneumonia, purulent pericarditis, tamponade and sepsis, whose clinical course was altered due to severe adiposity of the heart, so-called 'adipositas cordis'.
A A House; V M Walley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Canadian journal of cardiology     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0828-282X     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Cardiol     Publication Date:  1996 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-07-18     Completed Date:  1996-07-18     Revised Date:  2008-04-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510280     Medline TA:  Can J Cardiol     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  485-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine and Anatomical Pathology, Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ontario.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue / pathology*,  ultrasonography
Echocardiography / methods
Fatal Outcome
Heart Failure / etiology*,  pathology,  ultrasonography
Middle Aged
Multiple Organ Failure / pathology
Obesity / complications,  pathology
Ventricular Dysfunction, Right / complications*,  ultrasonography

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