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Virus Myopericarditis

A. MARTIN LERNER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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*Dr. Lerner was supported in this study by grants AI 05721 and Al 00261, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.; grant 67-677, the American Heart Association, New York, N. Y.; and a grant from the Michigan Heart Association, Detroit, Mich.


Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(5):1068-1070. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-69-5-1068
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Outbreaks of coxsackievirus infections such as that described recently by Helin, Savola, and Lapinleimu (1) at the Kuopio Central Hospital in Finland indicate that involvement of the heart may be frequent. Their paper, published in the British Medical Journal, reports on patients with coxsackievirus group B, type 5 infections who required hospitalization during the latter half of 1965. There were 18 with carditis, 20 with aseptic meningitis, 10 with pleurodynia, and 6 with encephalitis. Those with evidence of myocardial, or pericardial disease, or both (myopericarditis), were mostly young adults (mean age, 28 years) with men being twice as commonly afflicted

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