Necrotizing infection of the heart

David H. Ballard, George Patton Pennington, George P. Pennington, Joe Johnson, Sanjeev Bhalla, Constantine Raptis

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A case of necrotizing infection of the heart is presented. A 70-year-old woman presented with vague chest and abdominal pain. CT of the abdomen and pelvis was initially obtained, which demonstrated gas in the myocardium of the left ventricle. Subsequent chest CT, endoscopy, and abdominal surgical exploration did not reveal perforated viscus or diaphragm compromise. At median sternotomy, the inferior wall of the heart was found to be necrotic. Culture of the excised tissue grew E. coli. The patient expired shortly after surgical exploration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-113
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Imaging
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • CT chest
  • Cardiac infection
  • Computed tomography
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Necrotizing infection
  • Pneumomyocardium


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