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Keywords:

  • cardiomyopathy;
  • contrast echocardiography;
  • apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

The echocardiographic diagnosis of apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be difficult in patients with poor acoustic windows. However, contrast-enhanced echocardiography can provide better images in these patients and lead to the correct diagnosis. We present a patient with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who was diagnosed using contrast-enhanced echocardiography. The use of contrast-enhanced echocardiography for the diagnosis of apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in patients with poor acoustic windows is discussed and the experience in the literature reviewed. (ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY, Volume 22, November 2005)