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Cellular immunity in congestive cardiomyopathy. Hypersensitivity to cardiac antigens.
  1. P J Lowry,
  2. R A Thompson,
  3. W A Littler

    Abstract

    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.

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