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Can a child have dilated cardiomyopathy like an adult?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: Rare but there is. Dilated cardiomyopathy has been identified as one of causes of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
Dr. Lars Erickson
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and the heart is enlarged. The most common cause in childhood is an infection with a virus, often the same sorts of viruses that cause the stomach flu (enteroviruses). Some other causes include genetic problems, muscular dystrophy, toxic exposures (including drugs), heart rhythm problems and malformations of the heart.
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: They can, although it is uncommon. It can improve, stabilize, or worsen and require transplant. They can also have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy like adults, which is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

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