Toxoplasmosis and the Heart

Zier Zhou, Hector Isaac Alejandro Ortiz Lopez, Gonzalo Emanuel Pérez, Lucrecia Maria Burgos, Juan María Farina, Clara Saldarriaga, Ricardo Lopez-Santi, Juan Ignacio Cotella, Ana Laura Sauce Pérez, Adrian Baranchuk

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Toxoplasmosis is a common disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite with high prevalence in tropical regions. Most infections show minimal symptoms, but immunocompromised patients tend to have a poor prognosis. Cardiovascular manifestations in toxoplasmosis are rare and reported in a limited number of patients. As part of the “Neglected Tropical Diseases and Other Infectious Diseases Affecting the Heart” (NET-Heart) project, this paper aims to systematically review all available information regarding the cardiovascular implications of toxoplasmosis. Relevant studies were identified in the MEDLINE and/or PubMed database, and 48 articles were ultimately included. This was completed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses guidelines. Cardiac compromise in toxoplasmosis mainly involves myocarditis, and complications vary widely in severity. Toxoplasmic myocarditis is challenging to diagnose, as endomyocardial biopsy is usually required. This article provides a summary of cardiac toxoplasmosis, including an original algorithm facilitating diagnosis and treatment.
Idioma originalEspañol (Colombia)
PublicaciónCurrent Problems in Cardiology
EstadoPublicada - mar. 2021
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