It may appear as a primary disease in adults or as a degenerative disease of old age.
Myocarditis may be a complication during or after various viral, bacterial, or parasitic infectious diseases, such as polio, influenza, rubella or rheumatic fever. The most common cause is a viral infection, the most common virus being an enterovirus.
Over many years, a chronic enterovirus heart infection and the body's response to that infection can lead to irreversible heart muscle damage and heart failure. Some cases of myocarditis may progress to congestive heart failure.
Hypersensitivity myocarditis has been associated with the use of methyldopa, hydrochlorothiazide, ampicillin, furosemide, digoxin, tetracycline, aminophylline, phenytoin, benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants. [Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, August, 1991;115: pp.764-9]
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