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Can a child have dilated cardiomyopathy like an adult?
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Dr. Lars Erickson
Pediatrics - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Rare but there is.
Dilated cardiomyopathy has been identified as one of causes of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

In brief: Yes
Rare but there is.
Dilated cardiomyopathy has been identified as one of causes of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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