Answer of February 2021


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Clinical History:

This 57-year-old gentleman presented with acute onset of chest pain. The serum troponin was elevated to 400 ng/L (Reference range: < 40 ng/L)



CT and CTA

A contrast-enhanced wide-neck outpouching with lobulated contour at the lateral wall of the left ventricle [LV] of the heart connects with the cardiac chamber and measures around 4 cm in maximal dimension.

The neck of this outpouching was 2.5 cm.

Moderate hemopericardium (around 2.5 cm in thickness)

No intimal flap or aneurysm along the aorta.

Left ventriculogram:  An outpouching at the LV lateral wall. No contrast extravasation.


Left ventricular aneurysm.


A left ventricular aneurysm is a discrete and dyskinetic area of the left ventricular wall with a broad neck. It is also known as a true aneurysm and develops in less than 5% of all patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarctions. [1] The clinical presentation may include heart failure but is non specific.

Features suggestive of a true ventricular aneurysm over a pseudoaneurysm is a wide neck The ratio of breach in the wall to the maximal diameter of the true aneurysm > 50% [2] is a suggestive finding.  Cardiac MRI can be helpful for further evaluation of the cardiac walls and function in hemodynamically stable patients.