Almost invariably associated with chronic HCV infection, cryoglobulinemic vasculitis is a small-vessel vasculitis commonly affecting the skin, kidneys, and peripheral nervous system. Cardiac involvement, possibly due to cardiac microcirculation involvement, is an utterly rare and severe complication. We describe a case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy secondary to cryoglobulinemic vasculitis. Evaluation with transthoracic cardiac ultrasound and cardiac MRI evidenced severe left ventricular hypertrophy and diffuse hypokinesia, a marked decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction, and a subtle late enhancement of inferior and lateral left ventricular walls. Upon clinical stabilization, the patient received treatment with anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab. Clinical and radiological follow-up with cardiac ultrasound and cardiac MRI documented a dramatic and sustained clinical improvement, with marked reduction of left ventricular hypertrophy, resolution of late enhancement, recovery of left ventricular contractility and function.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine