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Desmosomal protein gene mutations in patients with idiopathic DCM
  1. MingChang Zhang1,
  2. Fabio Tavora2,
  3. Allen Burke3
  1. 1Department of Forensic Medicine, Shanghai Medical College, Shanghai, China
  2. 2Messejana Heart and Lung Hospital, Department of Pathology, Fortaleza, Brazil
  3. 3University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to Allen Burke, University of Maryland Medical Center, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201, USA; allen.burke{at}

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To the Editor We read with interest the article by Garcia-Pavia et al1 published in Heart. The authors found desmosomal gene mutations typically associated with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in explanted hearts of patients with advanced idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). This study extends the findings of Elliott et al,2 who found desmosomal mutations in patients with …

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