The immune system in viral myocarditis: maintaining the balance.

@article{Knowlton1999TheIS,
  title={The immune system in viral myocarditis: maintaining the balance.},
  author={Kirk U. Knowlton and Cornel Badorff},
  journal={Circulation research},
  year={1999},
  volume={85 6},
  pages={
          559-61
        }
}
Dilated cardiomyopathy, one of the leading causes of heart failure in the United States, is a multifactorial disease that includes both hereditary and acquired forms.1 In patients, it has been shown that dilated cardiomyopathy can be a sequela of viral myocarditis. 2 Although many different infectious agents have been attributed as the cause of viral myocarditis, enteroviruses, in particular Coxsackie B viruses, are consistently among the most common. 2 The concept that enteroviruses contribute… CONTINUE READING
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