The indeterminate form of human chronic Chagas' disease A clinical epidemiological review

Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. Jul-Sep 1989;22(3):147-56. doi: 10.1590/s0037-86821989000300007.


Data on the epidemiology and the natural history of the indeterminate form of human chronic Chagas' disease (IFCCD) are discussed, revealing its great importance in endemic areas of Brazil. The work shows that IFCCD presents a gradual and very slow course, causing a benign picture in the studied patients. Evolution patterns, prognostic and anatomo-pathological features are also discussed. For practical purposes, the classical concept of IFCCD proved to be simple, operational and consistent. It is defined by the absence of symptoms and clinical findings in chronic infected patients with positive serology and/or parasitological examinations for Trypanosoma cruzi coupled with normal electrocardiographic and radiological exams (heart, oesophagus and colon X-Rays). If a patient is submitted to more rigorous and sophisticated tests, these can reveal some alterations, generally small ones and unable to interfere with the prognosis of the infection. It is suggested that research lines specially related to the evolutionary factors and immunological involvement during this phase be adopted.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Chagas Cardiomyopathy* / diagnosis
  • Chagas Cardiomyopathy* / epidemiology
  • Chagas Cardiomyopathy* / physiopathology
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans