Role of cardiac MRI in the diagnosis of immune checkpoint inhibitor-associated myocarditis

Int J Cancer

11 July Jul 2022 5 months ago
  • Pontone G

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor (ICI)-induced cardiotoxicity is a rare immune-related adverse event (irAE) characterized by a high mortality rate. From a pathological point of view, this condition can result from a series of causes, including binding of ICIs to target molecules on non-lymphocytic cells, cross-reaction of T lymphocytes against tumor antigens with off-target tissues, generation of autoantibodies, and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The diagnosis of ICI-induced cardiotoxicity can be challenging, and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) represents the diagnostic tool of choice in clinically stable patients with suspected myocarditis. CMR is gaining a central role in diagnosis and monitoring of cardiovascular damage in cancer patients, and it is entering international cardiology and oncology guidelines. In this narrative review, we summarized the clinical aspects of ICI-associated myocarditis, highlighting its radiological aspects and proposing a novel algorithm for the use of CMR.

Reference: Role of cardiac MRI in the diagnosis of immune checkpoint inhibitor-associated myocarditis. Cau R, Solinas C, De Silva P, Lambertini M, Agostinetto E, Scartozzi M, Montisci R, Pontone G, Porcu M, Saba L. Int J Cancer. 2022 Jun 22.

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