Porcelain heart: a case of massive myocardial calcification

Aras D., Topaloglu S., Demirkan B., Deveci B., Ozeke O., Korkmaz S.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING, vol.22, no.1, pp.123-126, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Reports of massive myocardial calcification are limited mainly to case reports and this type intracardiac calcifications have been usually identified postmortem. We present a very interesting case of massive calcification of the left ventricular myocardium, interventricular and interatrial septae causing restrictive physiology and coronary artery obstruction in a 46-year-old Turkish woman. The diagnosis of myocardial calcification was suspected from chest X-ray and confirmed with computerized tomography and cardiac catheterization. The findings of the chest computed tomography were very similar to those previously reported cases of endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF) with massive calcification of the left ventricle.