Acute eosinophilic myocarditis mimicking myocardial infarction

Senthil K. Thambidorai, Hema L. Korlakunta, Amy Arouni, William J. Hunter, Mark Jeffrey Holmberg

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Abstract

Eosinophilic myocarditis is characterized by progressive myocardial damage that results in heart failure and death. Herein, we present the case of a 54-year-old man who presented with symptoms of acute myocardial infarction. Normal coronary angiographic results and the presence of elevated levels of peripheral-blood eosinophilia prompted an endomyocardial biopsy that revealed acute eosinophilic myocarditis. The early initiation of steroid therapy resulted in the patient's substantial clinical improvement and survival. Early diagnosis of eosinophilic myocarditis and its treatment with steroid agents in some patients can lead to a favorable outcome. We discuss the challenge of diagnosing and identifying the characteristics of this variant of necrotizing eosinophilic myocarditis before the condition proves fatal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-357
Number of pages3
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Volume36
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009

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Myocarditis
Myocardial Infarction
Steroids
Eosinophilia
Early Diagnosis
Heart Failure
Biopsy
Survival
Therapeutics

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Acute eosinophilic myocarditis mimicking myocardial infarction. / Thambidorai, Senthil K.; Korlakunta, Hema L.; Arouni, Amy; Hunter, William J.; Holmberg, Mark Jeffrey.

In: Texas Heart Institute Journal, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2009, p. 355-357.

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Thambidorai, SK, Korlakunta, HL, Arouni, A, Hunter, WJ & Holmberg, MJ 2009, 'Acute eosinophilic myocarditis mimicking myocardial infarction', Texas Heart Institute Journal, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 355-357.
Thambidorai, Senthil K. ; Korlakunta, Hema L. ; Arouni, Amy ; Hunter, William J. ; Holmberg, Mark Jeffrey. / Acute eosinophilic myocarditis mimicking myocardial infarction. In: Texas Heart Institute Journal. 2009 ; Vol. 36, No. 4. pp. 355-357.
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