Fatty infiltration of right ventricle (adipositas cordis): An unrecognized cause of early graft failure after cardiac transplantation

Rajan Krishnamani, Ranjana Nawgiri, Marvin A. Konstam, Kenneth G. Warner, Robert N. Salomon, David DeNofrio

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Scopus citations


Fatty infiltration of the right ventricle is usually an incidental finding at post-mortem, but may have clinical significance at times of physiologic stress. We report a case of fatal right ventricular dysfunction immediately after cardiac transplantation secondary to massive fatty infiltration of the donor right ventricle. Ante-mortem diagnosis of fatty infiltration may be difficult to determine despite non-invasive cardiac evaluation. If the diagnosis of fatty infiltration is suspected at time of donor harvest, the relative risks and benefits of proceeding with transplantation should be carefully assessed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1143-1145
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

Cite this