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March 1950


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From the Department of Pediatrics, Long Island College Hospital and Long Island College of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;79(3):487-490. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040010500008

INFORMATION relative to the incidence of cardiac complications following measles is extremely limited, possibly because such cases have not been reported in the past or because the disease is considered so frequently a mild infection that medical care is not sought. Particularly is this true of the more serious abnormalities of cardiac function, such as myocarditis and heart block. We could find but 3 instances of the latter in the literature.

Eyster and Middleton1 were able to find 1 case suggestive of measles causation in their review of the literature from 1896 to 1919. Lyon2 later reported a case of permanent heart block in a 41 year old patient unquestionably originating at the time of an attack of measles. Recently, Clark3 reported 3 cases of complete heart block possibly attributable to measles.

The purpose of this paper is to record an instance of varied and serious disorders

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