Histomorphological Relations Between Myocarditis and Dilated Cardiomyopathy

  • E. G. J. Olsen
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The hearts of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy are overweight, and weights double the normal for the patient’s sex and height are not unusual. All chambers are often severely dilated and the myocardium is pale and flabby. Despite the hypertrophy, the ventricular and atrial walls are normal in thickness due to dilatation (Fig. 1). Fine fibrous replacement, frequently limited to the inner third of the myocardium, is often evident. The endocardium is non-specifically thickened, particularly in long-standing cases. Thrombus may or may not be superimposed [1,2]. The coronary vessels are usually normal and the pericardium shows no abnormalities.


Dilate Cardiomyopathy Rheumatic Heart Disease Myocardial Fibre Acute Myocarditis Chronic Inflammatory Cell 
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