Late Presentation of Post Diphtheritic Myocarditis in a 15-year male
A 15-year old male patient presented to us with dyspnoea for four days. He had a history of fever, pseudo-membranous tonsillitis and cervical adenopathy twenty-five days prior to the presentation. On examination and laboratory investigations, he had features suggestive of myocarditis with biventricular failure. There was no reliable history of immunisation and he had a positive history of contact. He was planned for anti-diphtheria toxin but before the anti-toxin could be initiated, the patient succumbed to refractory cardiogenic shock. This was a rare case of late onset diphtheritic myocarditis in an unimmunised adult. With the advent of universal immunisation, there has been a significant decline in the incidence but there is still some road to cover.
Keywords: Corynebacterium diptheriae; diphtheria; myocarditis.
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