Autoimmune mechanisms as the basis for human peripartum cardiomyopathy

  title={Autoimmune mechanisms as the basis for human peripartum cardiomyopathy},
  author={Aftab A. Ansari and James D. Fett and Robert. Carraway and Ann E. Mayne and Nattawat Onlamoon and J. Bruce Sundstrom},
  journal={Clinical Reviews in Allergy \& Immunology},
The etiology and mechanisms of pathogenesis of human peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) remain unknown. The incidence and prevalence of this disease is rare in some parts of the world and more common in others. The purpose of this review is to summarize our current knowledge of the factors that have been entertained which may contribute to the pathogenesis of PPCM with special emphasis on more recent data from our laboratory that provide support to the view that this disease is an autoimmune… 
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