In order to bring you the best possible user experience, this site uses Javascript. If you are seeing this message, it is likely that the Javascript option in your browser is disabled. For optimal viewing of this site, please ensure that Javascript is enabled for your browser.

The free consultation period for this content is over.

It is now only available year-round to HFA Silver & Gold Members, Fellows of the ESC and Young combined Members

Endomyocarditis as a rare complication of toxocariasis

Session Clinical Case Corner 1 - HoT heart: inflammation and infections in heart failure

Speaker Elena Kosmacheva

Event : Heart Failure 2017

  • Topic : heart failure
  • Sub-topic : Chronic Heart Failure
  • Session type : Clinical Case Posters

M KH Lepshokova1 , NV Kijvatova1 , OM Mesheryakova1 , O N Ponkina1 , HD Kosmachova1 , IA Shelestova1 , A M Namitokov1 , 1Krasnodar Regional Clinical Hospital No1 - Krasnodar - Russian Federation ,

European Journal of Heart Failure ( 2017 ) 19 ( Suppl. S1 ), 16

We present a case of a patient with rare and life-threatening cardiac complication of toxocariasis.
A 53-year-old man was admitted to neurological department of hospital for recent  motor weakness, ataxia, pruritus and increased body  temperature to 37.5º?.  He had a previous history of asthma, but did not take any medications.  The vital signs were blood pressure 110/70 mmHg, heart rate 110/min, respiratory rate 19/min, body  temperature 37.5?.  Initial laboratory investigations  showed  leukocytosis (29,800/µL) with hypereosinophilia (8.84/µL), elevated CK-MB (55.2/µL); troponin I was 29.73 ng/µL. Serum total IgE level was 401 IU/mL, C-reactive protein was 158.59 mg/L. Chest x-rays was unremarkable. An  electrocardiogram showed sinus tachycardia and  nonspecific T wave and ST depsession on inferior and posterolateral  leads. Computer tomography  of the brain did not revealed pathology and computer tomography of the chest and abdomen showed a splenomegaly and an increased number of normal-sized mediastinal and retroperitoneal lymph nodes. Echocardiogram revealed increased left ventricule (LV) wall thickness (12 mm) with decreased LV systolic function ( EF 48 %) and a mass 14 mm in diameter from lateral wall of LV, that reduced mobility of  mitral valve posterior leaflet. Peripheral blood eosinophilia, elevated level of cardiac enzymes,  previous history of asthma, LV wall thickness, decreased LV systolic function are the important clues for early suspicion of eosinophilic myocarditis.  While all this symptoms may be a parts of paraneoplastic syndrome of heart malignancy, our aim was to differential diagnosis between this diseases. We performed screening for helminthiasis using an in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.  The next step we planned to performe endomyocardial biopsy, but about 6 hours  after  arrival patient had ventricular fibrillation and unsuccessful resuscitation.  Screening for helminthiasis revealed a positive titer for Toxocara spp of 6.2 optical density ([OD] normal, <0.5 OD). Autopsy  and histological examination showed myocardial disarray, interstitial oedema with diffuse eosinophilic inflammatory infiltrate and myocardial necrosis, nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis with  in mitral valve.
 Thus, patient had Toxocariasis-associated endomyocarditis.  Eosinophilic myocarditis is one of the most fatal and rare complications of hypereosinophilia. One of the reasons of  hypereosinophilia is parasite infection.  In case of heart injury accompanied by fever and eosinophilia with  allergic skin rashes, tissue infestation by parasites should be considered.

Members get more

Join now
  • 1ESC Professional Members – access all resources from general ESC events 
  • 2ESC Association Members (Ivory, Silver, Gold) – access your Association’s resources
  • 3Under 40 or in training - with a Combined Membership, access all resources
Join now

Our sponsors

ESC 365 is supported by Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Alliance, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance, Novartis Pharma AG and Vifor Pharma in the form of educational grants. The sponsors were not involved in the development of this platform and had no influence on its content.

logo esc

Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease

Who we are