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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3182887818
Case Reports

Death Due to Eosinophilic Necrotizing Myocarditis Despite Steroid Treatment

Huston, Butch MD; Froloff, Victor MD; Mills, Kelly MD; McGee, Michael MD

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Abstract

Abstract: We report a case of a 16-year-old boy who was treated for a suspected dental infection with a tooth extraction and amoxicillin therapy. The decedent developed a rash and presented to the emergency department with what was thought to be a possible allergic reaction to amoxicillin despite completion of the antibiotic course. The patient was given a course of prednisone. Several weeks later, while still completing the course of prednisone, the patient experienced shortness of breath and collapsed. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. Postmortem examination revealed a necrotizing eosinophilic myocarditis. This case reveals that despite steroid therapy, a patient may still die of eosinophilic myocarditis.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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