oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Nutritional microcardia recovery of heart size and function with treatment

Volume 21, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Three patients with severe malnutrition showed a decrease in 'heart size and in two of them it was associated with an impairment of left ventricular contractility. In one of them these changes were completely reversed and in another, the heart enlarged after treatment with tetracycline suggesting that both the malnutrition and the microcardia were produced by tropical sprue. The occurrence of microcardia associated with tropical sprue is therefore recorded.

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