A heart of stone: a case of acute development of cardiac calcification and hemodynamic collapse.

TitleA heart of stone: a case of acute development of cardiac calcification and hemodynamic collapse.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAustin CO, Kramer D, Canabal J, Krishna M, Mergo P, Shapiro BP
JournalJournal of cardiovascular computed tomography
Volume7
Issue1
Pagination66-8
Date Published2013 Jan-Feb
Abstract

Acute cardiac calcification is a clinical entity that may develop over days to months and is usually localized to areas of healed myocardial infarction, cardiac surgery or trauma. We present an unusual case of rapidly developing non-ischemic cardiac calcification in the setting of sepsis and end stage renal disease resulting in acute diastolic dysfunction and cardiac collapse diagnosed by computed tomography (CT) and confirmed by autopsy. We propose that dedicated cardiac CT may provide the most accurate means to detect cardiac calcification.

DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0062162
Alternate JournalJ Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr