EVANGELOS K. PANAYOTOPOULOS, M.D.
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To the editor: Although atherosclerotic coronary heart disease (ACHD) has been classified among the degenerative diseases, some recent data are consistent with the concept that humoral immune factors are involved in the atherosclerotic process (1, 2).
During the last 4 years, most of my patients with atherosclerotic heart disease also had a positive history of serositis, signs of bronchitis, and a family history of proved or suspected tuberculosis.
I tested for tuberculin delayed (cell-mediated) hypersensitivity in 34 patients with documented myocardial infarction.
Old tuberculin of the Greek Institute of Pasteur was used intradermally (Mantoux skin test), in a dilution of
PANAYOTOPOULOS EK. Tuberculin Delayed Hypersensitivity in Myocardial Infarction. Ann Intern Med. ;79:276–277. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-2-276_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(2):276-277.
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