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      Dilated Cardiomyopathy: An Unusual Presentation of Aortic Coarctation in an Infant

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          Coarctation of the aorta commonly presents in infancy as congestive heart failure, or later in childhood as hypertension or as a heart murmur. However, we experienced a unique infant case of isolated coarctation presenting with acute decompensation of a dilated cardiomyopathy, which recovered completely 8 months postoperatively. Our report highlights the previously unreported presentation of coarctation in infancy as a dilated cardiomyopathy. It also implies that before we label any patient presenting with a dilated cardiomyopathy as an idiopathic cardiomyopathy, we must exclude all possible specific causes of myocardial dysfunction because many such specific cardiomyopathies are curable and very rewarding, just like our patient.

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              Journal
              CRD
              Cardiology
              10.1159/issn.0008-6312
              Cardiology
              S. Karger AG
              0008-6312
              1421-9751
              2006
              June 2006
              03 July 2006
              : 106
              : 1
              : 56-58
              Affiliations
              Departments of aPediatrics and bSurgery, Chang Gung Children’s Hospital, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
              Article
              92600 Cardiology 2006;106:56–58
              10.1159/000092600
              16612070
              © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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