The Role of Eosinophils in Myocarditis

  • C. J. F. Spry
  • P.-C. Tai
  • J. Davies
  • E. G. J. Olsen
  • J. F. Goodwin
Conference paper


The association of a persistent blood eosinophilia with the development of endomyocardial disease (eosinophilic endomyocardial disease) is now well described, and it has been suggested that eosinophils themselves may be involved in tissue injury leading to chronic heart disease [6]. It has also been suggested that tropical endomyocardial disease, in which a peripheral blood eosinophilia is less marked, may also be due to a toxic effect of eosinophilis on heart muscle [2]. Other forms of heart disease in which eosinophils are prominent include parasitic [1], granulomatous [3] and hypersensitivity disorders [9], which usually present as an acute systemic illness.


Dilate Cardiomyopathy Eosinophil Cationic Protein Hypereosinophilic Syndrome Peripheral Blood Eosinophilia Chronic Heart Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. F. Spry
  • P.-C. Tai
  • J. Davies
  • E. G. J. Olsen
  • J. F. Goodwin

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