Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

Clin Cardiol. 1994 May;17(5):270-2. doi: 10.1002/clc.4960170510.


A 43-year-old man had a 9-year history of congestive heart failure manifested by an enlarged heart and symptoms of shortness of breath and chest discomfort. Heart failure had been preceded by a "viral illness" and he had been a heavy alcohol user until that time. Autopsy showed congestion and edema characteristic of heart failure and cardiomegaly with biventricular dilatation. Either viral or alcoholic disease, or both, could have been the cause of the cardiac problems.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiomegaly / pathology
  • Cardiomyopathy, Alcoholic / pathology
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / microbiology
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / pathology*
  • Edema, Cardiac / pathology
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Heart Failure / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Virus Diseases