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Acute myocarditis.

Authors
  • Batra, A S
  • Lewis, A B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2001
Volume
13
Issue
3
Pages
234–239
Identifiers
PMID: 11389357
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Myocarditis is defined as inflammation of the myocardium accompanied by myocellular necrosis. Acute myocarditis must be considered in patients who present with recent onset of cardiac failure or arrhythmia. Often there is a history of an antecedent flu-like illness. Fulminant myocarditis is a distinct entity characterized by sudden onset of severe congestive heart failure or cardiogenic shock, usually following a flu-like illness. Giant cell myocarditis is a rare, frequently fatal disorder of unknown origin characterized by presence of giant cell inflammatory infiltrate in the myocardium. In recent years we have made good progress in understanding the causes, pathogenesis, natural history, diagnosis, and treatment of myocarditis. However, our knowledge is still far from complete. New information that extends our understanding of myocarditis is being reported constantly. This review summarizes recent advances in myocarditis, with an emphasis on the literature during the last year.

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