What is it about?

Severe injury to the heart muscle can occur because of viral infections. If left untreated, these viral infections can result in a dramatic decrease in the function of the heart muscle. This manuscript presents a case example of a patient who had suffered significant damage to their heart muscle from an acute viral infection, and how this damage was detected using ultrasound.

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Why is it important?

It is important to revisit the fundamentals of echocardiography assessment of dilated cardiomyopathies regardless of whether you are a new graduate sonographer, an experienced sonographer or trainee physician.

Perspectives

Publishing this case study was a proud moment, because it brought together my technical skills in echocardiography with my passion to share both my theoretical and practical skill and knowledge set.

Alison White
Griffith University

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This page is a summary of: An Echocardiographic Presentation of Severe Dilated Cardiomyopathy Due to Acute Viral Myocarditis From Coxsackie B Enterovirus, Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, March 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/8756479318764116.
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