The case of a 9 yr-old, admitted for precordial pain, electrocardiographic signs of myocardial necrosis, deformity of the cardiac border at X Ray examinations, is reported. The diagnosis of cardiac echinoccosis was suspected, once other causes of myocardial infarction in children were excluded. Angiocardiography was the most useful diagnostic tool. The cyst was successfully removed with the aid of cardiopumonary bypass. Cardiac echinococcosis gives rise, usually, to minor electrocardiographic changes; nevertheless, patients with electrocardiographic signs of necrosis can undergo surgical treatment without increased operative risk. Follow-up at several months after successful operation did not show return to normal electrocardiogram.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cardiac echinococcosis simulating myocardial necrosis in a 9 year-old boy. Diagnosis and surgical treatment|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia|
|Publication status||Published - 1978|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine