HOWARD DITTRICH, M.D.; LEON CHOW, M.D.; FRANK DENARO, Ph.D.; STEPHEN SPECTOR, M.D.
To the editor: We read with interest the report by Calabrese and associates (1) on a patient with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) who developed a congestive cardiomyopathy and subsequently had human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cultured from an endomyocardial biopsy specimen. In October 1986, we treated a 28-year-old gay man with a 1-month history of temperature to 40 °C, chills, cough, nausea, and anemia. A gallium scan showed abnormal myocardial uptake, and a subsequent echocardiogram showed four-chamber enlargement and depressed systolic function without evidence of primary valvular disease. Because of symptoms of congestive heart failure, cardiac catheterization was done, including
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DITTRICH H, CHOW L, DENARO F, SPECTOR S. Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Coxsackievirus, and Cardiomyopathy. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:308–309. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-2-308_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(2):308-309.
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