Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

Case contributed by Dr David Preston

Presentation

Syncopal event. Drinks one measure of spirits a day. Exercise tolerance of less than 20 metres.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Cardiac silhouette is grossly enlarged. Blunted costodiaphragmatic recesses. Lungs clear.

Case Discussion

A transthoracic echocardiogram showed an ejection fraction of 4%. The patient has since expressed a desire to stop drinking.

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Case information

rID: 23770
Published: 7th Jul 2013
Last edited: 13th Oct 2019
System: Chest, Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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