Two-dimensional echocardiographic findings in systemic sarcoidosis

Darryl J. Burstow, A. Jamil Tajik, Kent R. Bailey, Richard A. DeRemee, Charles P. Taliercio

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The records of 88 patients with systemic sarcoidosis who underwent 2-dimensional echocardiography were reviewed to define the typical echocardiographic abnormalities in patients with clinical evidence of cardiac involvement. Twelve patients (14%) had echocardiographic evidence of left ventricular systolic dysfunction attributed to cardiac sarcoidosis (segmental hypokinesis in 8 patients and global hypokinesis in 4 patients). A high incidence of congestive heart failure (9 of 12) and conduction system disease (7 of 12) was characteristic of these patients. The remaining 76 patients had normal echocardiograms or abnormalities attributed to nonsarcoid sources. In 8 (11%) of these 76 patients, there were significant clinically unexplained conduction abnormalities likely related to sarcoidosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-482
Number of pages5
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 15 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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