Sharp chest pains occurring during right ventricular biopsy in a patient 9 years after cardiac transplant.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVES: The goal of this case report is to discuss the possible cause of sharp chest pain occurring during myocardial biopsy in post cardiac transplant patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 21-year-old man who had undergone a heart transplant 9 years earlier presented with fatigue. He underwent right ventricular biopsy for further evaluation. RESULTS: During each of his 3 biopsies, he complained of severe sharp chest pain. His chest pain occurred only during biopsy and not when he had premature ventricular contraction during catheter manipulation. CONCLUSIONS: The occurrence of sharp chest pain during myocardial biopsy in this patient may suggest somatic innervation of the donor heart.

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Cited Authors

  • Ramaraj, R; Movahed, MR

Published Date

  • March 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 56 - 57

PubMed ID

  • 19364314

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19364314

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1304-0855


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Turkey