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      Low Prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus Antibodies and RNA in Patients with Myocarditis and Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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          We investigated the prevalence of hepatitis C virus in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and myocarditis in comparison to a control group of patients suffering from noninflammatory cardiac diseases such as aortic stenosis. In contrast to the results of previous studies on small numbers of patients, no significant difference in the prevalence of hepatitis C infections was observed. Our data suggest that HCV is not an important causal agent for myocarditis and DCM.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1998
          October 1998
          28 October 1998
          : 90
          : 2
          : 75-78
          Affiliations
          a Department of Cardiology, Division of Internal Medicine, and b Department of Medical Microbiology, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, c Department of Cardiology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
          Article
          6822 Cardiology 1998;90:75–78
          10.1159/000006822
          9778541
          © 1998 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Tables: 2, References: 18, Pages: 4
          Categories
          General Cardiology

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