Cardiomyocyte apoptosis in cocaine-induced myocarditis with involvement of bundle of His and left bundle branch

Gianluca Iacobellis, Walter Kemp

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Abstract

Cocaine abuse can cause degenerative and inflammatory alterations of the myocardium. Cocaine-induced myocarditis has been previously described, but mostly in chronic cocaine addicts. Among several pathogenetic mechanisms of cocaine-related myocardial damage, the myocardial adrenergic stress and cardiomyocytes apoptosis have been recently proposed. We report an unusual case of myocarditis involving the bundle of His and left bundle branch and cardiac myocytes apoptosis in otherwise healthy occasional cocaine abuser.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-118
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume112
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 10 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cardiomyocyte apoptosis
  • Cocaine abuse
  • Left bundle branch
  • Myocarditis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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