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Myocarditis Cardiomyopathy

Selected Problems of Pathogenesis and Clinic

  • Hansjörg Just
  • Hans Peter Schuster

Part of the International Boehringer Mannheim Symposia book series (BOEHRINGER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. F. I. Marcus, G. H. Fontaine, G. Guiraudon, R. Frank, J. L. Laurenceau, C. Malergue et al.
    Pages 81-93
  3. E. G. J. Olsen
    Pages 95-100
  4. K. Thierfelder, H. Just, K. Bross, G. W. Löhr, Ch. Wittekind, C. P. Adler
    Pages 101-107
  5. B. Kunkel, M. Schneider, K. Hübner, M. Kaltenbach
    Pages 117-133
  6. W. Hort, H. Frenzel, W. Höltermann, H.-G. Schnürch, A. Novi
    Pages 135-142
  7. H. C. Mehmel, W. Mäurer, J. Manthey, D. Opherk, F. Schwarz, A. Schömig et al.
    Pages 197-204
  8. M. Thelen, O. Hatz, K. J. Klose, T. Meinertz, W. Kaspar
    Pages 205-211
  9. W. Kasper, T. Hoffmann, H. Bechtold, N. Treese, T. Pop, T. Meinertz
    Pages 213-223
  10. H. Löllgen, T. Bonzel, Y. Samstag, H. Wollschläger, H. Just
    Pages 225-232
  11. T. Meinertz, W. Kasper, T. Hofmann, N. Treese, H. Bechtold, T. Pop
    Pages 245-254
  12. M. H. Hust, H. Just, H. Löllgen, H. J. Wehrle, K. Nitsche, T. Bonzel et al.
    Pages 255-261
  13. T. Pop, N. Treese, T. Meinertz, W. Kasper
    Pages 263-267
  14. H.-P. Schuster
    Pages 309-311
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 313-318

About this book

Introduction

Primary myocardial disease, nowadays referred to as congestive or, more re­ cently, dilating cardiomyopathy, comprises disorders of varied etiology. Most oftenly the pathogenetic mechanism or causative agent remains unknown. The significance of inflammatory processes, i.e. myocarditis in a wider sense as the etiologic factor has been debated for many years. In a few instances, especially in children and newborns viral infections can be incriminated. In adults this etiology can be ascertained only in rare instances. And it has remained entirely uncertain if, or under which circumstances, and how often virus myocarditis can lead to a chronic disorder of the heart, namely dilated cardiomyopathy. Although it would seem conceivable that an immunological response to an infectious agent might induce parenchymal damage with subsequent loss of cellular function and structural integrity of permanent nature, i.e. dilatation, functional deterioration and dysrhythmias, numerous attempts to establish such a pathogenetic mechanism have not yet furnished convinicing results. Therefore the reader will direct his attention specifically to the respective contribution in this volume. Morphologic studies have yielded a host of new and intriguing findings in cardiomyopathy, but have likewise failed to settle the basic question as to which etiology can be held responsible in a given case, especially if an inflam­ matory process can be incriminated. Specific processes such as sarcoidosis of the heart undoubtedly furnish examples of chronic inflammation as a cause of dilating cardiomyopathy. This disorder, however, as a specific inflammato­ ry myocardial affection, i.e. myocarditis, is encountered only infrequently.

Keywords

Dilatation heart hemodynamics inflammation lead research

Editors and affiliations

  • Hansjörg Just
    • 1
  • Hans Peter Schuster
    • 2
  1. 1.Abteilung Innere Medizin III KardiologieMed. UniversitätsklinikFreiburg i. Br.Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.II. Med. Klinik u. PoliklinikUniversität MainzMainzFederal Republik of Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-68608-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-11617-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-68608-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0173-0282
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