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Revista Uruguaya de Cardiología

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LOZANO, David Serrano  and  VILCHEZ, Francisco González. Non-compacted cardiomyopathy. Rev.Urug.Cardiol. [online]. 2019, vol.34, n.1, pp.284-306. ISSN 0797-0048.

Non-compaction cardiomyopathy is a disorder characterized by an anomalous morphology of the myocardium, with an organization in two differentiated layers: a thin and well developed epicardial layer, and another thick endocardial layer of spongy appearance, with prominent trabeculae and intertrabecular recesses. In some cases, it is associated with ventricular dilatation and systolic dysfunction, which leads to heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias and thromboembolic complications. It is not entirely clear whether it is a cardiomyopathy per se or it is really a phenotypic trait shared by many other underlying pathologies. For its diagnosis, echocardiography represents the first tool to be used, with several diagnostic criteria defined to date, although they present little correlation. To help these limitations, cardiac magnetic resonance is also used, which has established criteria too. The treatment is based on the management of complications according to general practice guidelines. Recommendations have been defined regarding the screening of the pathology and the prognosis is very variable, even though the knowledge we have of the pathology to date is still very limited.

Keywords : Cardiomyopathy; Ventricular non-compaction; Genetics; Diagnostic criteria.

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