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Dilated cardiomyopathy in childhood: problems of diagnosis and long-term follow-up.
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PMID:  3569307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clinical profile and course of 13 infants and children (median age 2 years, range 2 months to 17 years) with dilated cardiomyopathy are presented. Endocardial fibroelastosis and myocarditis were excluded by transvascular endomyocardial biopsy. Elevated cardio-thoracic ratio (mean 0.67), depressed fractional shortening (mean 13%) and cardiac index (mean 2.52 l min-1 m-2) were the indicators of congestive heart failure. During a mean follow-up of 41 months (range 6 to 204 months) five patients died, four remained in a stable condition, four improved. The main complications were rhythm disturbances (23%) and thrombus formation (15%). We could not identify any predictors of survival.
A A Schmaltz; J Apitz; W Hort
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European heart journal     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0195-668X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. Heart J.     Publication Date:  1987 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-06-08     Completed Date:  1987-06-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006263     Medline TA:  Eur Heart J     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  100-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  pathology
Child, Preschool
Endocardium / pathology
Follow-Up Studies
Myocardium / pathology

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