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Tex Heart Inst J. 1987 Sep;14(3):268-75.

The role of myocarditis in end-stage dilated cardiomyopathy.

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Cardiology Division, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 84132, USA.

Abstract

Many patients who undergo cardiac transplantation do so as a result of end-stage dilated cardiomyopathy (DC). Little is known about the causes of this condition, but long-term follow-up studies reveal a high incidence of DC in patients who have had acute viral myocarditis. The following article examines the role of myocarditis as a precursor of DC and discusses the possible etiology of myocarditis-based on animal experiments and clinical studies-as well as methods of diagnosis and treatment.

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15227310
PMCID:
PMC324736
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