Specific heart muscle disease - connection to auto-immune processes?

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Heidrun Wehnert, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Ladies and Gentlemen,

    As a concerned patient (female, 50 years, good general health condition) I am looking for contacts
    to specialists of cardiology respectively immunology, who are interested in cross cutting issues
    between these two fields: Is there a connection between endomyocardial fibrosis (endomyocarditis
    parietalis fibroplastica Loeffler) and auto-immune diseases?

    Abstract of the case:

    - fibrotic stage has been diagnosed (Universitätsklinik Marburg / Herzzentrum Berlin), with
    massive fibrotic sediments in the left apex (obliteration / interstitially fibrosis);

    - extension of the ventricles (within 10 years), mitral valve impaired temporarily
    (regurgigation up to grade III), tricuspidal valve rarely involved;

    - in these sporadic situations inflammatory heart insufficiency and dyspnoea, HOCM (apical
    type), disturbance of the left ventricle;

    - moderate hyper-eosinophilia (10%) and normal coronary arteries

    Literature claims possible connection to auto-immune disease.

    Allergies occurring: pollen, animal protein, penicillin, animal hair, latex, iodine etc.)

    In recent past important: meningitis, hepatitis B

    I am looking for specialists, who search or may have experiences on these fields respectively for
    contact to interested researchers.

    Thank you, sincerely

    Heidrun Wehnert