Which physical findings are characteristic of cardiomyopathy in chronic Chagas disease?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Louis V Kirchhoff, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy may manifest as the following:

  • Signs of congestion due to isolated left-sided heart failure may be present in the early stages of chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy. Biventricular failure with peripheral edema, hepatomegaly, ascites, and pulmonary congestion are more common in the later stages.
  • Signs of thromboembolism may appear, mostly with embolization to the brain, lungs, and extremities.

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