Dilated cardiomyopathy and successful cardiac transplantation in Becker's muscular distrophy. Follow-up after two years.

F. Casazza, G. Brambilla, A. Salvato, L. Morandi, E. Gronda, E. Bonacina

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Abstract

A 23 year-old man with x-linked Becker type muscular distrophy underwent cardiac transplantation because of dilated cardiomyopathy complicated by terminal heart failure. The muscular functional impairment was mild and slowly progressive, whereas the cardiac disease was severe and rapidly progressive. The ventricular cavities of the explanted heart were hugely dilated and the left ventricular wall thickness was moderately increased. Microscopically, a diffuse hypertrophy of the myocardial fibers and a widespread interstitial collagenous fibrosis were present. At a follow-up, two years after treatment, the patient is alive and fairly well; the degree of his muscular disability is substantially unchanged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-757
Number of pages5
JournalGiornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Volume18
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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