Journal article

Clinical, electrocardiographic, and histologic correlations in children with dilated cardiomyopathy

AW Nugent, AM Davis, S Kleinert, JL Wilkinson, RG Weintraub

JOURNAL OF HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANTATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2001

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether presenting electrocardiography is related to histologic findings and clinical outcomes in children with dilated cardiomyopathy. BACKGROUND: Lymphocytic myocarditis is an important cause of childhood dilated cardiomyopathy, the outcome of which is unclear. The results of non-invasive investigations are often used to infer the presence or absence of lymphocytic myocarditis. METHODS: Thirty-four children, presenting acutely with dilated cardiomyopathy, underwent both early electrocardiography and endomyocardial biopsy. The parameters examined included heart rate, PR, QRS, and corrected QT intervals, R-wave voltages in Leads V(1) and V(6), S-wave voltages in Leads..

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