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September 16, 1983

Left Ventricular Asynergy in Acute Myocarditis: Simulation of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1983;250(11):1428-1430. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340110042030

Recent studies have demonstrated the usefulness of two-dimensional echocardiography in the detection of regional wall abnormalities in acute myocardial infarction. We describe two patients with acute myocarditis who had acute chest pain simulating acute myocardial infarction. Two-dimensional echocardiography initially demonstrated regional wall motion abnormalities that disappeared within a few days. These two cases illustrate that regional wall motion abnormalities are not specific for acute myocardial infarction and that acute myocarditis may simulate acute myocardial infarction.

(JAMA 1983;250:1428-1430)