Late gadolinium enhancement: precursor to cardiomyopathy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy?

  title={Late gadolinium enhancement: precursor to cardiomyopathy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy?},
  author={Michael D. Puchalski and Richard Vaughan Williams and Bojana Askovich and Christopher Todd Sower and Kan H. Hor and Jason Thomas Su and Nathan A. Pack and Edward V. R. Dibella and William M. Gottliebson},
  journal={The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging},
Background Progressive cardiomyopathy is a common cause of death in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), presumably secondary to fibrosis of the myocardium. The posterobasal and left lateral free wall of the left ventricle (LV) are initial sites of myocardial fibrosis pathologically. The purposes of this study were to assess whether cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI), utilizing late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), could identify fibrosis in selective areas of the myocardium, and to assess… CONTINUE READING


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