Parvovirus-B19-associated fulminant myocarditis successfully treated with immunosuppressive and antiviral therapy

Robert Dennert, Sebastiaan Velthuis, Dirk Westermann, Dirk W. Donker, Simon Schalla, Robert-Jan van Suylen, Stephane Heymans*

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Fulminant myocarditis is a rare inflammatory heart disease affecting relatively young adults. We describe a case of a 27-year-old male with acute onset severe heart failure. A rapid and accurate diagnostic approach suggested parvovirus B19 as the most probable cause for this fulminant viral myocarditis. Initial haemodynamic support, intensive immunosuppressive and antiviral therapy resulted in a complete recovery within 2 weeks. This case demonstrates the importance of a detailed diagnosis, allowing better classification of the underlying pathology and subsequent targeted treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-685
JournalAntiviral Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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