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Can acute viral myocarditis be a congenital condition in children?

Can acute viral myocarditis be a congenital condition in children?

Yes: Congenital by definition means existing at (and sometimes before )birth. A congenital myocarditis is one complication of measles or rubella in a newborn & may occur with an unvaccinated mother infected in the later stage of pregnancy. Other maternal viral infections may also trigger a myocarditis in a newborn. If the infection occurs after birth, it would not be considered acongenital condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Can you explain viral myocarditis\?

Can you explain viral myocarditis\?

Definition: This is an inflammation of the heart muscle which has been infected by a virus (coxsackie virus is one example). There is often recovery after the acute illness has passed, but some patients may have such damaging disease that the heart is permanently impaired, sometimes to the extent that a transplant is an option. ...Read more

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What do you do to treat viral myocarditis?

What do you do to treat viral myocarditis?

Generally nothing: Antiviral therapy for most of the viruses which cause myocarditis is not yet available. Support medically and hopefully recovery while rest and management of complications is attempted. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of viral myocarditis?

Complicated: Some may be relatively without symptoms, although there may be fever, chest pains, and signs and symptoms of heart failure (another detailed subject). There may also be changes in heart rate and rhythm. Often the symptoms are not very specific and require detailed testing to establish the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could acute viral myocarditis be a congenital worry in children?

Could acute viral myocarditis be a congenital worry in children?

Rare but possible: A viral myocarditis can present at any age from before birth to old age. Various viral infections can infect the mother during pregnancy and cross the placenta to infect baby. The heart may or may not become inflamed in this process.Acquisition of a virus that causes a myocarditis could occur at any point after delivery. ...Read more

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Can acute viral myocarditis be a congenital problem?In children?

Can acute viral myocarditis be a congenital problem?In children?

Myocarditis: Probably yes. For example, CMV which is one of the more common causes of intrauterine virus infections with severe effecs on the fetus and infant, is well known to be able to cause myocarditis as well. But this is quite rare. ...Read more

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What are the best medicines to prevent recurrence of viral myocarditis?

There isn't one...: It is sad to say but we do not have any medicaction to prevent viral myocarditis. We actually have very few medication to treat viral infections--only available for hiv, herpes/chickenpox, hepb/c, and influenza. Fortunately these disease don't cause much problems with myocarditis, except hiv. Hiv can be treated. Get vaccines for influenza/chicken pox/hepb. Best is to keep healthy!. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the tests for viral myocarditis?

It depends: Usually start with ekg and blood tests then echocardiogram. Depending on severity, may also need a cardiac cath and biopsy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral myocarditis?

What are the symptoms of viral myocarditis?

None, some, many: Depending on the severity of the illness, you may not have any noticeable symptoms if very mild. Some may have chest pain, fever/sweat, chills, and shortness of breath. In severe cases, in addition to above, you may get palpitations, passing out, cardiogenic-shock (heart failure to pump) and death. If you have any concerns/symptoms above, consult doc asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the typical course with viral myocarditis?

What is the typical course with viral myocarditis?

No typical course: There is no typical course. Depends on the etiology (the causative agent), the initial presentation, the age of onset (kids are more likely to respond to immunoglobulin), the response to therapy, viral load etc. Some patients fully recover, some progress to heart failure with need for transplantation. ...Read more

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