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Intern Med. 2008;47(7):627-9. Epub 2008 Apr 1.

Epstein Barr virus (EBV) and acute myopericarditis in an immunocompetent patient: first demonstrated case and discussion.

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Cardiology Department, Arnaud de Villeneuve University Hospital, Montpellier, France.


Acute viral infections can lead to heart inflammation, including acute myocarditis. We report the first case of myopericarditis in a young immunocompetent adult, in the context of recent Epstein-Barr virus infection. Clinical presentation was common acute pericarditis, but with risk biomarkers: high troponin I levels and multiple inflammation-compatible images on MRI. Diagnosis of myopericarditis was established, and then hospitalization was necessary. Clinical electrocardiographic settings and MRI are shown; EBV cardiac effects are discussed.

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