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Cellular immunity in congestive cardiomyopathy. Hypersensitivity to cardiac antigens.

By P J Lowry, R A Thompson and W A Littler


The presence of type IV hypersensitivity to cardiac antigens in 26 patients with congestive cardiomyopathy was sought by two in vitro techniques. Neither test showed a significant group abnormality, but 10 patients did have hypersensitivity to heart antigen, in particular to congestive cardiomyopathic heart antigen. These patients were characterised by worse haemodynamic data and a more rapid and malignant course of the disease than in the rest of the group

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1985
DOI identifier: 10.1136/hrt.53.4.400
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