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Rugby Ball Cardiac Calcification
Shreetal Rajan Nair, Asishkumar Mandalay, Jayesh Bhaskaran, Ali Faizal
Department of Cardiology, Centre for Heart and Vascular Care, Meitra Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
|Date of Submission||06-May-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||26-May-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||06-Jul-2021|
Shreetal Rajan Nair,
Sankeerthanam, Kariyaampatta, 33/3842D, Near Arullappadu Devi Temple, Chevarambalam P.O., Kozhikode, Kerala - 673 017
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Calcification on the chest skiagram is a frequent observance in old age. It can involve the heart, tracheal, thyroid cartilages, and other mediastinal structures. C-shaped calcification of mitral annulus, left atrial mural calcification also known as porcelain or coconut left atrium', and egg shell calcification involving lungs in silicosis are classical descriptions. However, it would be of particular interest when it assumes peculiar shapes. We describe a unique type of calcification within the cardiac silhouette which would be of peculiar interest to the readers.
A 65-year-old frail male presented with features of acute heart failure and on evaluation was found to be in pulmonary edema. He was stabilized with diuretics and other antiheart failure medications. Historical review revealed acute coronary syndrome almost 15 years ago. He had poor compliance with medications. Chest skiagram [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b showed cardiomegaly with calcification resembling a rugby ball involving the cardiac apex and anterolateral wall. Echocardiography revealed the specks of calcification within the aneurysm wall with severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction [Figure 1]c and [Video Supplementary File 1]. No mural thrombus was detected. Electrocardiogram showed features suggestive of previous anterior wall myocardial infarction in the precordial leads [Figure 1]d. He was later discharged after the optimization of medications and advised regular follow-up.
|Figure 1: (a) Posteroanterior chest X-ray showing characteristic 'rugby ball calcification, (b) Lateral chest X-ray confirms the calcification to be confined intracavitary, (c) Aneurysmal dilatation of left ventricular apex (arrows show the aneurysm borders): RA-right atrium; RV-right ventricle; LA-left atrium; LV-left ventricle; AN – Aneurysm; V – Ventricular apex free of thrombus, (d) Electrocardiogram showing features suggestive of old anterior wall myocardial infarction and persistent ST segment elevation|
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Video Supplementary File 1: Left ventricular apical aneurysm: Aneurysmal dilatation of left ventricular apex with specks of calcium within the aneurysm wall.
Cardiac calcification can occur at a multitude of locations: Aorta, valves, pericardium, and myocardium. Calcification usually occurs in areas where the tissue is dead or degeneration exists (dystrophic calcification). Calcification of ventricular aneurysm is not a common entity. It is recognized that congestive heart failure is the most common presentation followed by angina, ventricular arrhythmias, and embolization. Previous reports of calcification of left ventricular aneurysm have been described,, but not so frequent and hence the significance of the case. The management of symptomatic ventricular aneurysm depends on the presentation, the general condition of the patient, the comorbidities, and overall clinical profile. Management decision may vary from conservative management to more aggressive strategies such as surgical treatment of aneurysm. Calcification of ventricular aneurysm is not a good prognostic indicator, especially when surgery is planned and a more conservative line of treatment would be preferred in such cases. Other systemic causes of calcification should be searched for in such cases. However, no obvious causes could be discerned in this case.
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