Myocarditis

Myocarditis is a topic covered in the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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General Principles

  • Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium often but not always caused by an infectious agent.
  • Causes of infectious myocarditis include viruses, bacteria, rickettsia, fungi, and parasites.
  • Viruses are the most frequent etiologic organism and include enteroviruses (coxsackie B and echovirus), adenovirus, human herpesvirus 6, parvovirus B19, and many others.

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General Principles

  • Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium often but not always caused by an infectious agent.
  • Causes of infectious myocarditis include viruses, bacteria, rickettsia, fungi, and parasites.
  • Viruses are the most frequent etiologic organism and include enteroviruses (coxsackie B and echovirus), adenovirus, human herpesvirus 6, parvovirus B19, and many others.

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