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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance of the charcoal heart

Vikas K Rathi*, Ronald B Williams, June Yamrozik, Howard Grill and Robert WW Biederman

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Division of Cardiology, Allegheny General Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine, 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA-15212, USA

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Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2008, 10:37  doi:10.1186/1532-429X-10-37

Published: 9 July 2008


We report a case of malignant melanoma metastasis to the heart presenting as complete heart block. The highlight of the case is to demonstrate that silent cardiac metastasis is not uncommon and CMR has the potential to characterize these cardiac metastases and should be used routinely as a screening tool for those cancers with a high chance of cardiac involvement.