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Endomyocardial fibrosis.

Authors
  • Iroegbu, Chukwuemeka Daniel1
  • Chen, Wangping1
  • Wu, Xun1
  • Wu, Ming1
  • Yang, Jinfu1
  • 1 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410011, China. , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cardiovascular diagnosis and therapy
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2020
Volume
10
Issue
2
Pages
208–222
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21037/cdt.2020.02.10
PMID: 32420101
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF) is a neglected cardiovascular disease of poverty which carries a poor prognosis with no specific treatment affecting mainly children and young adults. Here, we report our 10-year experience in the therapeutic management and surgical treatment for EMF. From February 2009 to 2019 March, 55 patients diagnosed with EMF from our cardiology unit underwent surgical repair at our department's pediatric surgical division. There were 35 male, and 20 female patients whose ages varied from 1 year 2 months to 12 years mean age 5.7 (±3.2). We designed the study aimed at assessing the cardio-structural abnormalities and coronary vascular changes faced with EMF patients using echocardiography, and coronary angiography with a detailed and thorough surgical examination of each case. Of the 55 operated patients, 1 had mild lesions, 26 had moderate lesions, and 28 had severe heart disease. All but one patient was in NYHA functional class III or IV at the time of surgery. All but one female patient with mild ventricular lesions and no valvular involvement had severe atrioventricular valve regurgitation with valves considered suitable for both replacements; 45 patients mean age 6.0 (±3.1) and repair nine patients mean age 3.8 (±2.9). The mean endocardial thickness was 3,000 (±1519) µm. The echocardiographic changes corresponded well to the findings on surgery and histopathology. The coronary changes seen included a spectrum of fibrin deposition, medial sclerosis and degeneration, and the formation of plexiform lesions. Surgically evaluating the resected cardiac tissue might help improve disease management. 2020 Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy. All rights reserved.

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