PubMed 22483972

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Title: Right ventricular dysfunction in adolescents with mild cystic fibrosis.

Authors: Antonio Baño-Rodrigo, Antonio Salcedo-Posadas, Jose R Villa-Asensi, Amalia Tamariz-Martel, Alejandro Lopez-Neyra, Elena Blanco-Iglesias

Journal, date & volume: J. Cyst. Fibros., 2012 Jul , 11, 274-80

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In cystic fibrosis (CF) patients the right ventricle (RV) suffers a progressive deterioration, but it is not clear when these changes begin. The aim of this study was to analyze the RV function in CF patients with mild respiratory disease.Color-Doppler-Echocardiographic studies were prospectively performed in CF adolescent patients and an age-matched control group. Findings were correlated with pulmonary function tests (PFT), genotype, chronic bacterial colonization, pancreatic status and clinical scores. Only patients with mild CF were selected.Thirty seven CF patients and 40 healthy controls were recruited. In CF patients all echocardiographic parameters were abnormal compared to controls. Doppler analysis showed slightly elevated pulmonary artery pressure values, and abnormal relaxation and systolic function for all indexes. No correlation was found with any of the features studied.In CF patients, abnormalities in the structure and function of the RV may be present at early stages of the disease. These abnormalities are subclinical and do not correlate with clinical scores, PFT, genotype, chronic bacterial colonization or pancreatic insufficiency.