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Case Report
Volume 4, Issue 1 (February Issue)

Recurrence of Giant Cell Myocarditis in a Heart Transplanted Patient with Multiple Autoimmune Diseases

Helga Rún Garðarsdóttir2*, Magnus Dalén3,4 and Emil Najjar1,2

1Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
2Heart and Vascular Theme, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
3Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
4Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

*Corresponding author: Helga Rún Garðarsdóttir, Heart and Vascular Theme, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
E-mail: helga.gararsdottir@regionstockholm.se

Received: January 28, 2024; Accepted: February 17, 2024; Published: February 25, 2024

Citation: Garðarsdóttir HR, Dalén M, Najjar E. Recurrence of Giant Cell Myocarditis in a Heart Transplanted Patient with Multiple Autoimmune Diseases. Case Rep Clin Cardiol J. 2024; 4(1): 145.

Recurrence of Giant Cell Myocarditis in a Heart Transplanted Patient with Multiple Autoimmune Diseases
Abstract

Giant cell myocarditis is a rare and frequently fatal inflammatory disorder of unknown origin. We describe a case of a 23-year-old woman with multiple autoimmune diseases who presented with progressive heart failure due to giant cell myocarditis leading to implantation of left ventricular assist device as a bridge to orthotopic heart transplantation. During follow-up, endomyocardial biopsy has twice shown reappearance of giant cells in the transplanted heart allograft.

Keywords: Giant cell myocarditis; Fulminant myocarditis; Left ventricular assist device; Orthotopic heart transplantation