Histopathology of myocarditis

Cristina Chimenti, Andrea Frustaci

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Myocarditis is a major cause of heart failure, arrhythmias and ischaemic-like syndromes. Its histological definition by endomyocardial biopsy should be supplemented by immunohistochemistry to identify specific inflammatory cells and polymerase chain reaction to detect viral genomes. A correct diagnosis using all these techniques is crucial, since it facilitates the identification of the causes and mechanisms of the disease, as well as defining the specific therapeutic strategies which can improve the prognosis of affected patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-407
Number of pages7
JournalDiagnostic Histopathology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008


  • histology
  • immunohistochemistry
  • molecular biology
  • myocarditis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology


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