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Endomyocardial Eosinophilic Fibrosis Overview

What is endomyocardial eosinophilic fibrosis?
A person with endomyocardial eosinophilic fibrosis has inflammation of the heart, caused by a buildup of eosinophils in the heart muscle. Eosinophils are white blood cells, which fight infection. Endomyocardial eosinophilic fibrosis can result in enlargement of the heart and congestive heart failure. The exact cause of endomyocardial eosinophilic fibrosis is unknown. It is most common in tropical areas of the world, and may be triggered by parasitic infections.

What are the symptoms of endomyocardial eosinophilic fibrosis?
Endomyocardial eosinophilic fibrosis causes symptoms of congestive heart failure. Symptoms include cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing with exertion, and swelling in both legs.

How does the doctor treat endomyocardial eosinophilic fibrosis?
Treatment for endomyocardial eosinophilic fibrosis includes fluid restriction, low salt diet, low cholesterol diet, diuretics, and other heart medications. Other options include surgery to repair a heart valve and heart lung transplantation.

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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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