Left ventricular asynergy in acute myocarditis. Simulation of acute myocardial infarction

JAMA. 1983 Sep 16;250(11):1428-30.


Recent studies have demonstrated the usefulness of two-dimensional echocardiography in the detection of regional wall abnormalities in acute myocardial infarction. We describe two patients with acute myocarditis who had acute chest pain simulating acute myocardial infarction. Two-dimensional echocardiography initially demonstrated regional wall motion abnormalities that disappeared within a few days. These two cases illustrate that regional wall motion abnormalities are not specific for acute myocardial infarction and that acute myocarditis may simulate acute myocardial infarction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Echocardiography*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Heart Ventricles / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocarditis / diagnosis*
  • Myocarditis / physiopathology
  • Pain / diagnosis