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Clin Infect Dis. 1993 Apr;16(4):500-4.

Trichinosis with ventilatory failure and persistent myocarditis.

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Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.


Life-threatening infections with Trichinella spiralis are rare in countries that have adopted laws requiring cooking of raw garbage fed to pigs. Thus such infections may pose a diagnostic dilemma for clinicians unfamiliar with their presentation. We report a case of imported trichinosis in a Mexican national who developed respiratory failure, myocarditis, and sinus arrest. The patient recovered uneventfully after the administration of benzimidazole and corticosteroid drugs, although a pacemaker was required to maintain normal cardiac rhythm. Symptomatic myocarditis is a rare complication of trichinosis that is often associated with increased morbidity and mortality. This report illustrates and reviews important features of the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and management of trichinosis.

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