Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a myopathy with a natural history of progressive cardiomyopathy and vasogenic edema, fatty infiltration, and myocardial fibrosis. We recently identified a group of patients with DMD who presented with acute onset of chest pain (ACP), troponin leak (TL), and new late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), similar in presentation to acute viral myocarditis (AM). It is unclear if these patients have suffered an episode of AM or if this is a different disease process. Given the presumed acute myocardial necrosis in both processes, we hypothesize that native T1 and T2 values would be elevated in AM and DMD patients with ACP compared to asymptomatic DMD patients.
SPR 2019 Annual Meeting & Postgraduate Course