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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2015, Article ID 854236, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/854236
Case Report

Ebstein’s Anomaly, Left Ventricular Noncompaction, and Sudden Cardiac Death

Cardiovascular Unit, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW 2305, Australia

Received 28 March 2015; Accepted 28 June 2015

Academic Editor: Ming-Ren Chen

Copyright © 2015 Michael McGee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Ebstein’s anomaly is a congenital disorder characterized by apical displacement of the septal leaflet of the tricuspid valve. Ebstein’s anomaly may be seen in association with other cardiac conditions, including patent foramen ovale, atrial septal defect, and left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC). LVNC is characterized by increased trabeculation within the left ventricular apex. Echocardiography is often used to diagnose LVNC; however, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging offers superior characterization of the myocardium. We report a case of sudden cardiac death in a patient with Ebstein’s anomaly with unrecognized LVNC noted on post mortem examination with screening documenting the presence of LVNC in one of the patient’s twin sons.