Isolated ventricular non-compaction: An underdiagnosed cause of congestive heart failure

Shmuel Schwartzenberg, Jack Sherez, Dov Wexler, Galit Aviram, Gad Keren

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Isolated ventricular non-compaction is a frequently under-diagnosed rare congenital cardiomyopathy. The importance of diagnosing this cardiomyopathy lies especially in asymptomatic patients, screening relatives of index cases in order to focus on their follow-up, and searching for criteria warranting prophylactic anticoagulation, implantable cardioverter defibrillator and anti-remodeling drugs such as angiotensin-converting inhibitors. We present the clinical and imaging characteristics of this entity and discuss some of the therapeutic dilemmas involving these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-429
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2009


  • Congestive heart failure
  • Isolated ventricular non-compaction
  • Thromboembolism
  • Ventricular tachyarrhythmia


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