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A Case Series of Reversible Acute Cardiomyopathy Associated with H1N1 Influenza Infection

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Mazen Barbandi ,

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York/The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, US
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Andrea Cordero-Reyes,

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, US
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Carlos M. Orrego,

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, US
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Guillermo Torre-Amione,

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, US; Institutos y Centros Médicos del Tecnológico de Monterrey Hospital San José TEC, Monterrey, MX
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Harrish Seethamraju,

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, US
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Jerry Estep

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, US
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Abstract

Introduction

Cardiomyopathy refers to nonspecific myocardial dysfunction that may be due to a variety of causes. Viral illnesses have long been known to cause cardiomyopathy, and the list of viral causes is extensive.1 Influenza infection is a rare cause of myocarditis. Recent reports, however, indicate that influenza A (H1N1) can cause acute myocarditis and cardiomyopathy in adults and fulminant myocarditis in children as seen during the 2009 global outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus.2, 3 The following presents a case series of adult patients with acute reversible cardiomyopathy associated with influenza A (H1N1) infection (see Table 1 for patient characteristics).

How to Cite: 1. Barbandi M, Cordero-Reyes A, Orrego CM, Torre-Amione G, Seethamraju H, Estep J. A Case Series of Reversible Acute Cardiomyopathy Associated with H1N1 Influenza Infection. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2012;8(1):42-45. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-8-1-42
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Published on 01 Jan 2012.
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