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Detection of enteroviral sequence in endomyocardial tissues from patients with cardiac diseases in Northern Brazil

Author(s): Gomes Maria de Lourdes C. | Kopecka Helena | Ferreira Jr Alberto Gomes | Ferreira Sheila Maria A. Gomes | Maneschy Luiz Alberto R. | Linhares Alexandre C.

Journal: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
ISSN 0037-8682

Volume: 31;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 487;
Date: 1998;
Original page

Keywords: Cardiac diseases | Enterovirus | RT-PCR

In the present report we describe the results from a pilot study aimed at detecting enterovirus sequence in cardiac tissues, obtained through endomyocardial biopsies, from patients suffering from cardiac diseases in the Amazon region. Six samples that were collected from three patients were analysed by RT-PCR showing 3 positive and 3 negative results. These preliminary findings suggest the participation of enteroviruses in the etiology of cardiac diseases, mainly myocarditis, and warrant further and broader local studies on this subject.
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