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Giant cell myocarditis presenting with acute heart failure

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joaquim Majo, Dr Guy MacGowanORCiD


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© © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted. Idiopathic giant cell myocarditis (GCM) is a rare and rapidly progressing form of myocarditis predominantly affecting younger people. We report a case of a 23-year-old athletic patient who presented with features of acute heart failure due to GCM and discuss his management that included a left ventricular assist device as a bridge to transplant. He died immediately following the transplant. We also review the literature on this rare disease, highlighting the advances in the management of the disease including immunosuppressive therapy, ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation.

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Author(s): Kasouridis I, Majo J, MacGowan G, Clark AL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BMJ Case Reports

Year: 2017

Volume: 2017

Online publication date: 22/05/2017

Acceptance date: 05/05/2017

ISSN (electronic): 1757-790X

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2017-219574


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