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Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC): case report and review of literature
  1. Usha Rao1,
  2. S Agarwal2,
  3. T J Gilbert1
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Norfolk & Norwich, Norwich, UK
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr T J Gilbert, Consultant Cardiology Interventionist, Clinical Director, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Norfolk & Norwich, Norwich NR4 7UY, UK; timothy.gilbert{at}


Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) is an inherited condition characterised by fibrofatty replacement of the right ventricle. It causes sudden death in 30% of young adults and in 5% of those less than 65 years of age. As the presentation is non-specific, ARVD can be a diagnostic challenge leading to delayed treatment. We report a case along with the review of literature, of a 63-year-old man who presented (atypical) with a history of palpitations, dizziness and raised cardiac enzymes associated with ECG changes in the inferior and anterior leads. Further investigation helped in confirming this rare and potentially fatal cardiac condition.

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