Cardiac magnetic resonance in patients with mitral valve prolapse: Focus on late gadolinium enhancement and T1 mapping.

Author(s) Pradella, S.; Grazzini, G.; Brandani, M.; Calistri, L.; Nardi, C.; Mori, F.; Miele, V.; Colagrande, S.
Journal Eur Radiol
Date Published 2019 Mar

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the incidence of late-gadolinium-enhancement (LGE) in mitral valve prolapse (MVP) (in the absence of other heart/valvular diseases), and its association with the degree of mitral regurgitation (MR) and/or with complex ventricular arrhythmia (ComVA), and to analyse the role of T1 mapping in the evaluation of MVP patients.

METHODS: We included all consecutive patients with MVP who underwent during 2015-2016 a comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) examination at 1.5 T. We evaluated the association of LGE with the MR fraction and the presence of ComVA. We compared myocardial T1-native and post-contrast times and extracellular volume (ECV)-values between MVP patients, both with and without LGE, and the control group.

RESULTS: Thirty-four patients with MVP were selected (56 ± 14 years old, 59% male). All patients had MR; LGE and ComVA were present in 15 (44%) and 11 (34%) patients, respectively. Significant associations of LGE with both MR severity and ComVA were not found (p=0.72 and 0.79, respectively). T1 mapping confirmed the presence of LGE in all cases. In one patient a thin signal alteration resulted in more evident T1 mapping than LGE. Patients with MVP had higher native T1-values, lower post-contrast T1-values and increased ECV-values compared with controls (p=0.01, 0.01 and 0.00, respectively).

CONCLUSION: Focal fibrosis with LGE was found in about half the MVP patients and it was independent of the degree of the valve dysfunction and the presence of ComVA. T1 mapping allows diffuse myocardial wall alterations to be identified, but no significant associations between the MR severity and ComVA and T1/ECV values were found.

KEY POINTS: • MVP is a common valvulopathy affecting 2-3% of the general population. • MVP has been associated with an increased risk of arrhythmic complications and sudden cardiac death. • CMR is a non-invasive imaging method that provides a precise and more accurate assessment of patients with MVP.

DOI 10.1007/s00330-018-5634-5
ISSN 1432-1084
Citation Pradella S, Grazzini G, Brandani M, Calistri L, Nardi C, Mori F, et al. Cardiac magnetic resonance in patients with mitral valve prolapse: Focus on late gadolinium enhancement and T1 mapping. Eur Radiol. 2019;29(3):1546-1554.

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