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Cardiac sarcoidosis

Authors Costello B, Nadel J, Taylor A

Received 6 October 2015

Accepted for publication 14 December 2015

Published 15 April 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 27—33


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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Kones

Benedict T Costello,1,2 James Nadel,3 Andrew J Taylor,1,2

1Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, The Alfred Hospital, 2Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC, 3School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Abstract: Cardiac sarcoidosis is a rare but life-threatening condition, requiring a high degree of clinical suspicion and low threshold for investigation to make the diagnosis. The cardiac manifestations include heart failure, conducting system disease, and arrhythmias predisposing to sudden cardiac death. A number of investigations are available to assist in making the diagnosis. The diagnosis may be made from the clinical history and evidence of inflammation on imaging modalities in the active phase and evidence of myocardial scarring in the chronic phase.

Keywords: cardiac magnetic resonance, positron emission tomography, sarcoidosis, sudden cardiac death

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