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      Löffler’s Endomyocarditis in the Idiopathic Hypereosinophilic Syndrome

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          The idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) is a leukoproliferative disorder characterized by sustained eosinophilia (> 1.5 × 10<sup>9</sup>/l) and (multi-)organ dysfunction caused by infiltration of eosinophils. Especially the heart is frequently affected. In this report, we describe 2 patients with HES and Löffler’s endomyocarditis. Prednisone is the drug of choice for treatment. Both our patients responded very well to prednisone and came into remission. If prednisone fails, there are other therapeutic options like myelosuppressive drugs (hydroxyurea and vincristine) or interferon-α. We review the literature with regard to clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1999
          October 1999
          25 October 1999
          : 91
          : 4
          : 272-276
          Affiliations
          Departments of aInternal Medicine and bCardiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
          Article
          6923 Cardiology 1999;91:272–276
          10.1159/000006923
          10545685
          © 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Figures: 4, References: 12, Pages: 5
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