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LOPES, Edison Reis et al. Anatomo-pathology of heart of asymptomatic chagas' patients who had a violent death. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 1981, vol.76, n.2, pp.189-197. ISSN 0074-0276.

With the purpose of better knowledge of the indeterminate form of Chagas's disease the authors carried out a systematized anatomopathological study of thirty hearts from symptomatic chagasics who had a violent death. In this specific form of the trypanosomiasis cruzi the hearts show lesions of the same nature but much less intense as those observed in chronic chagasics who had a sudden death or died after cardiac failure. Based on theses findings and on data from literature, we conclude that chagasic infection without a cardiac inflammatory process, if it occurs, is very rarely only. Also some comments are made upon the meaning of the lesions observed in the intra-cardiac autonomic nervous system, in the conduction system and on the formal origin of the human chronic chagasic carditis.

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