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Pediatric Nonviral Myocarditis Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Stuart Berger, MD; Chief Editor: P Syamasundar Rao, MD  more...
 
Updated: Mar 30, 2015
 
 

Diagnostic Considerations

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of myocarditis include the following:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Myocardial infarction in childhood
  • Malignant pericardial effusion
  • Bacterial pericarditis
  • Constrictive pericarditis
  • Viral pericarditis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Rickettsial infection

Differential Diagnoses

 
 
Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Stuart Berger, MD Medical Director of The Heart Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Cardiology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Stuart Berger, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, American Heart Association, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Ameeta Martin, MD Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Ameeta Martin, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Cardiology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

P Syamasundar Rao, MD Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emeritus Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

P Syamasundar Rao, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Society, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society for Pediatric Research

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Jeffrey Allen Towbin, MD, MSc FAAP, FACC, FAHA, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics (Cardiology), Cardiovascular Sciences, and Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, Foundation Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Research, Texas Children's Hospital

Jeffrey Allen Towbin, MD, MSc is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Cardiology, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, American Society of Human Genetics, New York Academy of Sciences, Society for Pediatric Research, Texas Medical Association, Texas Pediatric Society, Cardiac Electrophysiology Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Myocarditis with scarring, autopsy. The image is a short axis gross photograph of an 8-year-old child with clinical myocarditis showing scarring of both ventricles, more prominent in the left. The fibrosis shows a random distribution with epicardial, myocardium, and pericardial involvements.
 
 
 
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