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A young patient with heart failure – Picture Quiz Answer


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There is no ‘gold standard’ non-invasive test to diagnose myocarditis. It is a clinico-histopathological diagnosis.1 Clinical manifestations include: heart failure, chest pain (from either pericarditis or angina from coronary artery spasm/inf lammation), sudden cardiac death and arrhythmias (sinus tachycardia, ectopics, ventricular tachycardia, heart blocks). Examination may reveal raised JVP, pulmonary crackles, a gallop rhythm or a pericardial rub.

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