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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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CARNEIRO, Renata de Carvalho Bicalho et al. Endomyocardial fibrosis associated with mansoni schistosomiasis. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2011, vol.44, n.5, pp.644-645. ISSN 0037-8682.

Endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF) is a neglected tropical disease that affects millions of people worldwide. EMF is the most common cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy, caused by deposition of fibrous tissue on endocardial surfaces. EMF is a major cause of death in areas where it is endemic, but the pathogenesis of the disease is poorly understood. Schistosomiasis mansoni is a parasitic disease endemic in Brazil, where EMF has also been described. The association between EMF and schistosomiasis has been suggested in various publications, seeking a possible correlation between endocardial and periportal fibroses. This report describes a case of EMF associated with schistosomiasis.

Keywords : Endomyocardial fibrosis; Mansoni schistosomiasis; Restrictive cardiomyopathy.

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