ALBERT J. MILLER, M.D.
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To the editor: I enjoyed reading the article by Sands and colleagues (Ann Intern Med 86:544-548, 1977) but question their wisdom in perpetuating the word "perimyocarditis." Their intent appears to be good, but "perimyocarditis" does mean "around the myocarditis," and that is surely not part of their intent. Ideally they should speak of "myocarditis and pericarditis"; less desirable, but perhaps acceptable, would be "myopericarditis."
Perhaps they would agree that pericarditis with electrocardiographic changes must be due to an epicarditis, which must always mean some degree of myocarditis.
MILLER AJ. "Perimyocarditis". Ann Intern Med. 1977;87:246. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-2-246_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(2):246.
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