ICD implantation in noncompaction of the left ventricular myocardium: A case report

Giuseppe Coppola, Daniela Guttilla, Egle Corrado, Calogero Falletta, Gianluca Marrone, Riccardo Airò Farulla, Gianfranco Ciaramitaro, Pasquale Assennato, Salvatore Novo

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Isolated noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium (INVM) is an uncommon cardiomyopathy characterized by the persistence of fetal myocardium with prominent trabecular meshwork and deep intertrabecular recesses, often associated with systolic dysfunction and ventricular dilatation. A 23-year-old man from Burkina Faso was referred to our operative unit with a diagnosis of INVM, made with echocardiogram and magnetic resonance imaging and nonsustained ventricular tachycardia. The literature reports the incidence of malignant ventricular arrhythmias in as many as 47% of the patients and sudden cardiac death in almost 50% of them and this supported our decision to perform implantable cardioverter-defibrillators implantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1092-1095
Number of pages4
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


  • ICD
  • Left ventricle noncompaction
  • Sudden cardiac death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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