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G Ital Cardiol. 1987 Nov;17(11):992-4.

Fatal leptospiral myocarditis.

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Cattedra di Angiologia, Università di Roma, La Sapienza.


Clinical, instrumental and post-mortem studies were carried out in a patient with intractable cardiac failure, whose death was attribute to Weil's syndrome. A post-mortem examination showed the presence of numerous petechiae on the heart layers and diffuse lymphomonocytic infiltrates in the myocardium, epicardium and endocardium. We suggest that in patients affected by leptospirosis--an endemic disease with a possible fatal outcome--it is necessary to determine carefully any involvement of the cardiovascular system which may play a determinant role in the evolution of the disease.

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