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Recurrent Congestive Heart Failure in a Child Due to Probable Myocarditis.
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PMID:  21910020     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recurrent congestive heart failure (CHF) attributable to myocarditis is a seldom-discussed entity in the scientific literature. This report describes the case of an 8-year-old girl who had three clinically identical episodes of CHF, beginning at the age of 5 years, with each episode preceded by a viral prodrome. The clinical features and the echocardiography and electrocardiogram findings were most supportive of myocarditis. Symptoms and investigations completely normalized between episodes. The third episode, associated with influenza A (strain H1N1) infection, led to cardiac arrest and death on day 2 after admission. Autopsy showed mild cardiomegaly with microscopic foci of myocardial fibrosis and extensive contraction band necrosis. This report is the first to describe recurrent CHF due to probable myocarditis in a pediatric patient.
A F Lee; D A Chiasson; J F Smythe; S Sanatani
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-11
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Title:  Pediatric cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1971     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-9-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8003849     Medline TA:  Pediatr Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2B5, Canada.
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