JAMES F. SULLIVAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; RALPH GEORGE, M.D.; ROBERT BLUVAS, M.D.; JOHN D. EGAN, M.D.
The clinical course of 34 patients hospitalized with a myocardiopathy related to excessive consumption of beer containing cobalt is described. These patients are the survivors of a group of 60 with this type of disease. Twenty of the 34 patients appear to have regained normal cardiac status and have good exercise tolerance, normal-size heart, and minimal electrocardiographic abnormalities. Six of the 34 have had recurrent or chronic cardiac failure. Four patients appear to have neurologic and mental deterioration, and 2 of the 34 died suddenly at their homes; autopsy was not performed. In its clinical course this type of myocardiopathy seems to be distinct from the usual type that is associated with alcohol.
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SULLIVAN JF, GEORGE R, BLUVAS R, EGAN JD. Myocardiopathy of Beer Drinkers: Subsequent Course. Ann Intern Med. 1969;70:277–282. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-2-277
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(2):277-282.
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