Dyspnoea and enlargement of the right ventricle

Body Region: Chest
Author: Axel Küttner, MD, Erlangen, Germany

1. Patient presentation
2. CT Images
3. CT Findings
4. Diagnosis
5. References


1. Patient presentation

  • A 60-year-old man referred to our emergency department from home for rapidly worsening dyspnoea
    and severe enlargement of the right ventricle as assessed by echocardiography. Two weeks
    prior to the incident, the patient was treated for pneumonia and discharged home in good
    conditions; however, global dilatation of the heart and a prominent hilus on the right side
    were noted on the conventional chest radiographs. The clinical suspicion was pulmonary
    embolism.

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