DANIEL L. BOYD, M.D.; MARVIN E. MISHKIN, M.D.; HARVEY FEIGENBAUM, M.D.; PASQUALE D. GENOVESE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In 1949 Evans (1) described a degenerative disease of the myocardium that occurred in the same family and named the condition "familial cardiomegaly." Since that original report, Battersby and Glenner (2) have reported a family in which five members were affected with a similar myocardial disease, and the authors used the term "familial cardiomyopathy" to describe the entity more accurately. Numerous other reports have been published (3-9), including a review of the literature by Beasley (10).
The etiology of this form of heart disease is unknown, but evidence for a genetic factor increases as more reports are published. The clinical
BOYD DL, MISHKIN ME, FEIGENBAUM H, GENOVESE PD. Three Families with Familial Cardiomyopathy. Ann Intern Med. ;63:386–401. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-63-3-386
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