Echocardiographic features of atrial myocarditis with giant cells: A case report

Kwan K. Law, Josepha Binder, Leslie T Jr. Cooper, Ulrich Specks, Henry D. Tazelaar, James B. Seward

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Abstract

We report a case of restrictive cardiomyopathy in which a distinct endothelial thickening of the atrial wall and pulmonary vein orifices was noted on transesophageal echocardiography. Echocardiographically guided endomyocardial biopsy of the thickening revealed an inflammatory infiltrate that was rich in giant cells and provided important clues about an underlying immune mechanism for the pathogenesis. Positive results from the antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody assay supported the diagnosis of Wegener's granulomatosis. After immunosuppressive therapy, the endomyocardial thickening completely resolved, but the restrictive cardiomyopathy did not reverse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1073-1076
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume17
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004

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Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
Myocarditis
Giant Cells
Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
Pulmonary Veins
Transesophageal Echocardiography
Immunosuppressive Agents
Autoantibodies
Biopsy
Therapeutics

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Echocardiographic features of atrial myocarditis with giant cells : A case report. / Law, Kwan K.; Binder, Josepha; Cooper, Leslie T Jr.; Specks, Ulrich; Tazelaar, Henry D.; Seward, James B.

In: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, Vol. 17, No. 10, 10.2004, p. 1073-1076.

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Law, Kwan K. ; Binder, Josepha ; Cooper, Leslie T Jr. ; Specks, Ulrich ; Tazelaar, Henry D. ; Seward, James B. / Echocardiographic features of atrial myocarditis with giant cells : A case report. In: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. 2004 ; Vol. 17, No. 10. pp. 1073-1076.
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