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Native T1 values identify myocardial changes and stratify disease severity in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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source: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

year: 2016

authors: Laura J. Olivieri, Peter Kellman, Robert J. McCarter, Russell R. Cross, Michael S. Hansen, Christopher F. Spurney


Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked, inherited disorder causing dilated cardiomyopathy with variable onset and progression. Currently we lack objective markers of the effect of therapies targeted towards preventing progression of subclinical cardiac disease. Thus, our aim was to compare the ability of native T1 and extracellular volume (ECV) measurements to differentiate risk of myocardial disease in DMD and controls.

Twenty boys with DMD and 16 age/gender-matched controls without history predisposing to cardiac fibrosis, but with a clinical indication for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) evaluation, underwent CMR with contrast. Data points collected include left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular mass, and presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Native T1, and ECV regional mapping were obtained using both a modified Look-Locker (MOLLI) and saturation recovery single shot sequence (SASHA) on a 1.5T scanner. Using ordinal logistic regression models, controlling for age and LVEF, LGE-free septal we evaluated the ability native T1 and ECV assessments to differentiate levels of cardiomyopathy.

Twenty DMD subjects aged 14.4 ± 4 years had an LVEF of 56.3 ± 7.4 %; 12/20 had LGE, all confined to the lateral wall. Sixteen controls aged 16.1 ± 2.2 years had an LVEF 60.4 ± 5.1 % and no LGE. Native T1 and ECV values were significantly higher in the DMD group (p < 0.05) with both MOLLI and SASHA imaging techniques. Native T1 demonstrated a 50 % increase in the ability to predict disease state (control, DMD without fibrosis, DMD with fibrosis). ECV demonstrated only the ability to predict presence of LGE, but could not distinguish between controls and DMD without fibrosis.

organization: Children's National Health System, USA; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA

DOI: 10.1186/s12968-016-0292-8

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