Myopericarditis: A Diagnosis of Uncertainty

Rafay Khan, Nneka Iroka, Sunil Tulpule, Sabrina Arshed, Mohammad Ansari, Puneet Sahgal, Abdalla Yousif

Abstract


Myocarditis can present in many different forms and can be overlooked by more life-threatening conditions. At times it may mimic conditions such as acute myocardial infarction and although it may have features highly suggestive of myocarditis, other etiologies need to be excluded. Thus, due to its clinical presentation, lab findings, and electrocardiogram analysis, it often can be confused with other conditions, making it a diagnostic dilemma of uncertainty. Myopericarditis is normally caused by viral infections, most common of which is coxsackievirus. Here we report a case of a 52-year-old gentleman who presented with a clinical picture of acute myocardial ischemia versus dissection, which overlooked a rather less threatening etiology of myopericarditis.




Cardiol Res. 2015;6(4-5):332-335
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/cr428w

Keywords


Myocarditis; Pericarditis; Myopericarditis; Ischemia; Myocardial; Diagnosis

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