Author + information
- Received August 3, 2009
- Accepted August 16, 2009
- Published online January 19, 2010.
- Syed Saqib Imran, MBBS*,
- Kong-Bing Tan, MBBS†,
- Lee Sze Chee, MBBS†,
- Soon Chao Yang, MBBS*,
- Raymond Wong Ching Chew, MBBS† and
- Ong Hean Yee, MB, ChB, BAO*
A 37-year-old man presented with a 2-day history of recurrent pre-syncope. He had no significant medical history. His blood pressure was 90/60 mm Hg, and an electrocardiogram showed sinus tachycardia (115 beats/min). Systemic examination was unremarkable. His chest radiography and plain computed tomography brain scan were normal. His blood test showed a raised total leukocyte count (15,770/ml) with normal differentials. A slight rise in serum C-reactive protein and cardiac enzymes was noted.
A transthoracic echocardiogram showed concentric biventricular thickening with severe systolic dysfunction (A, Online Video 1). Cardiac catheterization revealed normal coronary arteries. Endomyocardial biopsy showed a moderately heavy inflammatory cellular infiltrate dominated by eosinophils with admixed lymphocytes and histiocytes (B), suggesting a diagnosis of eosinophilic myocarditis. After 5 days of steroid therapy, a repeat echocardiogram showed marked improvement in systolic function as well as near resolution of the left ventricular wall thickness (C, Online Video 2). The patient remained well and was discharged home 2 days later.
- Received August 3, 2009.
- Accepted August 16, 2009.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation