Specific heart muscle disease - connection to auto-immune processes?

Heidrun Wehnert heidrun.wehnert at mbjs.brandenburg.de
Mon Feb 16 03:36:57 EST 2004

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As a concerned patient (female, 50 years, good general health condition) I
am looking for contacts to specialists of cardiology respectively
immunology, who are interested in cross cutting issues between these two
fields: Is there a connection between endomyocardial fibrosis
(endomyocarditis parietalis fibroplastica Loeffler) and auto-immune

Abstract of the case:

-        fibrotic stage has been diagnosed (Universitätsklinik Marburg /
Herzzentrum Berlin), with massive fibrotic sediments in the left apex
(obliteration / interstitially fibrosis);

-        extension of the ventricles (within 10 years), mitral valve
impaired temporarily (regurgigation up to grade III), tricuspidal valve
rarely involved;

-        in these sporadic situations inflammatory heart insufficiency and
dyspnoea, HOCM (apical type), disturbance of the left ventricle;

-        moderate hyper-eosinophilia (10%) and normal coronary arteries

Literature claims possible connection to auto-immune disease.

Allergies occurring: pollen, animal protein, penicillin, animal hair, latex,
iodine etc.)

In recent past important: meningitis, hepatitis B

I am looking for specialists, who search or may have experiences on these
fields respectively for contact to interested researchers.

Thank you, sincerely

Heidrun Wehnert

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