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Giant Cell Myocarditis
What's difference (symptom wise) between Myocarditis & Giant cell myocarditis? I was tested for myocarditis 2 years ago- negative. Still symptomatic?
Diagnosis difficult: Myocarditis is a difficult diagnosis to make, since it can mimic other diseases, & mistakenly be "ruled out" as a cause of disease. Heart biopsy is only way to verify its suspicion, but procedure itself may be more risky than its worth. In addition, biopsy can miss patches of myocarditis, giving false reassurance that it's absent. Many types of myocarditis, idiopathic & viral most common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Transplant! ASAP!: There is no known cure for giant cell myocarditis, it is rapidly fatal within 6 months in 70% of cases. You need to get to a transplant center immediately for an emergency heart transplant or a bridging device such as an lvad (left ventricular assist device). If not fatal, it will be treated the same as other causes of congestive heart failure, with medications. ...Read more
Not really: Very rare condition that requires highly specialized doctors and hospital to treat. Usually is treated with meds to suppress immune system and if fails then heart transplantation is required. Diagnosis is made by a biopsy of the heart. Symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling, palpitations, fainting spells. Best advice: highly specialized hospital for heart diseases ...Read more
After 2 years undiagnosed chest pain/palps/cough w/ lots of diagnostic tests.. Is it safe to say the cause being Giant cell Myocarditis is unlikely?
Myocarditis: Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium. The myocardium is the middle layer of the heart wall. Myocarditis can range from mild to very severe. The american journal of cardiovascular pathology goes further and describes it as "an inflammatory infiltrate of the myocardium with necrosis and/or degeneration of adjacent myocytes.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard to say: Every disease acts differntly in everyone else. Treatments sometime fail. You are scaring yourself silly worrying about this & worry makes you sick even if you don't have myocarditis. Posting & researching it all day is hurting you! Go for a walk, make some Xmas presents, go kiss someone you love, go see a funny movie. Dance! Happiness helps fight disease and improves health, mental & physical. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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