Left ventricular (LV) pseudoaneurysm is a serious complication of periannular extension of infective endocarditis (IE). Because pseudoaneurysm carries a high risk of rupture, its detection and evaluation are crucial for patient management and surgical planning. We report 2 cases with LV pseudoaneurysms, one near the aortic valve and the other near the mitral valve, which were caused by IE and treated successfully. In both cases, cardiac multidetector-row computed tomography enabled detection of the LV pseudoaneurysm and a detailed demonstration of its anatomic relationship with surrounding structures, which helped guide surgical planning.
Departments of *Diagnostic Radiology
§Cardiovascular Surgery, Saitama Medical University International Medical Center, Saitama
†Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Tokyo Women's Medical University, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Reprints: Fumiko Kimura, MD, PhD, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Saitama Medical University International Medical Center, 1397-1 Yamane, Hidaka, Saitama 350-1298, Japan (e-mail: email@example.com).