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Title: Endomyocardial fibrosis
Author(s): T. Vermeulen , V.M. Conraads , C.J. Vrints , B.P. Paelinck
Journal: Acta Cardiologica
Volume: 66    Issue: 3   Date: 2011   
Pages: 375-377
DOI: 10.2143/AC.66.3.2114140

Abstract :
We report the case of a 51-year-old man of central African origin. Medical evaluation revealed severe heart failure. Echocardiography disclosed poor left ventricular function. The apex of the left ventricle showed complete obliteration and retraction. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed subendocardial hyperenhancement of the apex of the left and right ventricle, strongly suggesting endomyocardial fibrosis. For this particular patient a conservative approach (non-surgical) was decided on, and until now -12 months after termination of cardiac rehabilitation- proves successful.