diphtheritic myocarditis


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diphtheritic myocarditis

Inflammation of the heart muscle caused by diphtherial toxin. There is a very fast pulse with irregularity and sometimes HEART FAILURE. Long periods of bed rest may be necessary. The condition may be fatal.
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Diphtheria is an acute, communicable disease with overall fatality rate as high as 20-30% in toxic forms up to 70% in diphtheritic myocarditis. The ECG changes of myocarditis may be sickle-shaped sagging of the ST segment (specific for diphtheritic myocarditis), arrhythmias and other conduction abnor-mailities3.
"Complete heart block due to diphtheritic myocarditis in the present era." Annals of pediatric cardiology 6.1 (2013): 34.