Exercise-triggered chest pain as an isolated symptom of myocarditis in children

  • Prisca Tshimanga Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Liège, Liège, Belgium.
  • Benoît Daron Department of Pediatrics, Regional Hospital Center, Verviers, Belgium.
  • Nesrine Farhat Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Liège, Liège, Belgium.
  • Brigitte Desprechins Department of Radiology, University Hospital Liège, Liège, Belgium.
  • Marc Gewillig Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Marie-Christine Seghaye | mcseghaye@chu.ulg.ac.be Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Liège, Liège, Belgium.

Abstract

In childhood, chest pain occurring at exercise is a common complaint. A cardiac etiology for it is exceptionally found, explaining that most children do not undergo systematic cardiological investigation. However, chest pain at exercise may manifest as the unique symptom of a viral myocarditis. Recognizing this form of myocardial injury, however, might help to avoid clinical deterioration by providing adequate care. In this paper, we report on two children presenting with the unique clinical symptom of chest pain related to physical activity and in whom laboratory and cardiac investigations suggested transient myocardial damage related to myocarditis.

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2016-04-26
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Keywords:
Myocarditis, children, chest pain, exercise.
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Tshimanga, P., Daron, B., Farhat, N., Desprechins, B., Gewillig, M., & Seghaye, M.-C. (2016). Exercise-triggered chest pain as an isolated symptom of myocarditis in children. Clinics and Practice, 6(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2016.843

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