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A 26-year-old female asked:

Hypertrophy and dilation usually cause by different things? or do they usually exhist together. ie. if you have a dilated rv it is also hypertrophied?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Ask why: Why do you ask? Athletes may have both, or they may be overreads. Hypertrophy results from a ventricle working very hard; dilation from it not emptying perhaps because it's trying to work past its limit. They often occur together, but the key is to undestand the underlying process (sports training, heart disease).
Last updated Jul 21, 2013

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