, also known as myocyte disarray
, is a term to describe the loss of the normal parallel alignment of myocytes
(the muscle cells
of the heart
). Instead, the myocytes usually form circles around foci of connective tissue
. Myocardial disarray is associated with myocardial fibrosis
(the replacement of the myocytes with non-contractile scar tissue).
Myocardial disarray can be seen in a number of disease states, including:
The common factor amongst all these diseases is that they all cause varying degrees of remodelling (myocardial fibrosis) of the ventricles.