What is the role of viral myocarditis to the etiology of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Vinh Q Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
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Viral myocarditis is an important entity within the category of infectious cardiomyopathy. Viruses have been implicated in cardiomyopathies as early as the 1950s, when coxsackievirus B was isolated from the myocardium of a newborn baby with a fatal infection. Advances in genetic analysis, such as polymerase chain reaction testing, have aided in the discovery of several viruses that are believed to have roles in viral cardiomyopathies.


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