Advances in Therapy

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 1046–1051 | Cite as

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia masquerading as an abdominal episode

  • Mehmet Gungor Kaya
  • Ridvan Yalcin
  • Bulent Ozin
  • Sekip Altunkan
  • Atiye Cengel


A 19-year-old woman presented with abdominal pain. Aside from epigastric tenderness, the patient’s physical examination was unremarkable. She developed ventricular tachycardia with left bundle branch block morphology shortly after admission. Echocardiography revealed a thin, enlarged, and hypokinetic right ventricle. Electron beam computed tomography demonstrated hypodense areas in the right ventricular free wall suggestive of fatty infiltration, which suggested arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. The diagnosis was confirmed with the use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. The patient received an implantable card ioverter-defibrillator. This case illustrates a noncardiac presentation of a rare yet treatable cardiac condition.


arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia abdominal pain ventricular tachycardia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mehmet Gungor Kaya
    • 1
  • Ridvan Yalcin
    • 2
  • Bulent Ozin
    • 3
  • Sekip Altunkan
    • 4
  • Atiye Cengel
    • 5
  1. 1.Melikgazi mahKayseriTurkey
  2. 2.Department of CardiologyGazi University School of MedicineTurkey
  3. 3.Department of CardiologyBaskent University School of MedicineTurkey
  4. 4.Division of HypertensionMetropol Medical CenterTurkey
  5. 5.Department of CardiologyGazi University School of MedicineAnkaraTurkey

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