Anti-thymocyte globulin as an adjunct to treatment of fulminant lymphocytic myocarditis
Manins, V., Parle, N., Dembo, L., & O'Driscoll, G. (2009). Anti-thymocyte globulin as an adjunct to treatment of fulminant lymphocytic myocarditis. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 28(11), 1211-1214. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2009.07.013
There is much debate over the role of immunosuppression in the treatment of acute and fulminant myocarditis. The low incidence of the condition prevents large numbers of cases for study, and treatment protocols vary greatly between institutions. In this study we add our experience with anti-thymocyte globulin as an adjunct to standard medical therapy for 5 patients presenting with cardiogenic shock due to fulminant myocarditis. All cases were associated with rapid and dramatic improvement in hemodynamic and electrophysiologic abnormalities, returning patients to NYHA Class I and cardiac function to normal or near normal by discharge.