Kaur M, Bezwada P, Cesar AR (2019) Atypical Presentation of Viral Myocarditis in a Young Adult. Clin Med Rev Case Rep 6:284.


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CASE REPORT | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/2378-3656/1410284

Atypical Presentation of Viral Myocarditis in a Young Adult

Mandeep Kaur1*, Prema Bezwada2 and Ayala Rodriguez Cesar1

1Department of Cardiology, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York, USA

2Department of Internal Medicine, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York, USA


Convulsive Syncope can be difficult to distinguish from seizures at times. We present a young adult with cardiogenic convulsive syncope that mimic seizures. Continuous cardiac monitoring revealed various arrythmias during seizure like activity. She had a viral prodrome. Cardiac MRI was diagnostic for myocarditis. More detailed studies for the role of a noninvasive cardiac testing such as Cardiac MRI (CMR) and newer treatment modalities such as anti-thymocyte immunoglobulin are required for the management of Viral Myocarditis.

Case report

A 32-year-old female was brought to the Emergency Department after a cardiac arrest at work. She was found to be pulseless, so three rounds of CPR were performed, and four shocks were delivered. While in hospital she had multiple episodes of arrythmias associated with pulselessness requiring transvenous pacing. She had a prodrome of viral illness and transferred to a tertiary care center for cardiac MRI and placement of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). Cardiac MRI revealed signs of early myocarditis.