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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Aug;193(2):363-5.

High prevalence of viral genomes and inflammation in peripartum cardiomyopathy.

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Institute of Pathology, University Hospital of Tübingen, Germany. bdbueltm@med.uni-tuebingen.de

Abstract

Molecular pathologic investigation of endomyocardial biopsy specimens from 26 patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy revealed viral genomes (parvovirus B19, human herpes virus 6, Epstein-Barr virus, and human cytomegalovirus) in 8 patients (30.7%) that were associated immunohistologically with interstitial inflammation. These findings indicate a high prevalence of virus-associated inflammatory changes in peripartum cardiomyopathy.

PMID:
16098856
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2005.01.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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