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Right atrial pathology in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia


Li, Guoliang; Fontaine, Guy H; Fan, Shuanliang; Yan, Yang; Bode, Peter K; Duru, Firat; Frank, Robert; Saguner, Ardan M (2018). Right atrial pathology in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. Cardiology Journal:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common atrial arrhythmia in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVD). Considering the histologic changes known in the right ventricular (RV) in ARVD, the aim of the present study was to examine right atrial (RA) pathology in patients with ARVD.
METHODS Histology of RA and RV was assessed from autopsy material in 3 patients with ARVD without persistent atrial arrhythmia. RA histology in 3 patients with permanent AF without ARVD and 5 patients without cardiovascular disease was also studied. Staining with hematoxylin phloxine saffron was performed for the ARVD patients to identify fibrosis, and hematoxylin-eosin for identification of lymphocytes. Masson's trichrome staining was performed for control groups taken from a collection of standard glass slides.
RESULTS In all 3 ARVD cases, RA anomalies were observed that revealed a reduction of cardiomyocytes, the presence of adipocytes, some of them inside the mediomural atrial layer and interstitial fibrosis. In 2 ARVD cases, interstitial fibrosis was also associated with a focus of replacement fibrosis, which was also observed in patients with permanent AF without ARVD. The histologic specimen of the RA and RV from the control group without cardiovascular disease did not display any evidence of fat or fibrosis with a preserved cardiomyocyte architecture.
CONCLUSIONS A similar histopathological substrate, as can be observed in the RV of patients with ARVD can also be seen in the RA of these patients. This may explain the high prevalence of atrial arrhythmias, particularly AF, in patients with ARVD.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common atrial arrhythmia in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVD). Considering the histologic changes known in the right ventricular (RV) in ARVD, the aim of the present study was to examine right atrial (RA) pathology in patients with ARVD.
METHODS Histology of RA and RV was assessed from autopsy material in 3 patients with ARVD without persistent atrial arrhythmia. RA histology in 3 patients with permanent AF without ARVD and 5 patients without cardiovascular disease was also studied. Staining with hematoxylin phloxine saffron was performed for the ARVD patients to identify fibrosis, and hematoxylin-eosin for identification of lymphocytes. Masson's trichrome staining was performed for control groups taken from a collection of standard glass slides.
RESULTS In all 3 ARVD cases, RA anomalies were observed that revealed a reduction of cardiomyocytes, the presence of adipocytes, some of them inside the mediomural atrial layer and interstitial fibrosis. In 2 ARVD cases, interstitial fibrosis was also associated with a focus of replacement fibrosis, which was also observed in patients with permanent AF without ARVD. The histologic specimen of the RA and RV from the control group without cardiovascular disease did not display any evidence of fat or fibrosis with a preserved cardiomyocyte architecture.
CONCLUSIONS A similar histopathological substrate, as can be observed in the RV of patients with ARVD can also be seen in the RA of these patients. This may explain the high prevalence of atrial arrhythmias, particularly AF, in patients with ARVD.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:5 November 2018
Deposited On:27 Feb 2019 16:31
Last Modified:27 Feb 2019 16:32
Publisher:Wydawnictwo Via Medica
ISSN:1898-018X
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5603/CJ.a2018.0123
PubMed ID:30394508

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