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1/2006
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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Echocardiographic assessment of left ventricle function in children with scleromyositis

Anna Borowiec-Kocańda
,
Jacek Woźniak
,
Bohdan Firek
,
Małgorzata Kwiatkowska
,
Rafał Dąbrowski
,
Elżbieta Musiej-Nowakowska
,
Ilona Kowalik
,
Anna Maria Romicka
,
Hanna Szwed

RU 2006; 44, 1: 13-18
Online publish date: 2006/02/15
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Introduction:Possibility of heart pathology in children with scleromyositis is still an open clinical problem.
The aim of the study: Echocardiographic assessment of possible changes in heart muscle in this group of patients.
Material and methods: We studied 18 children with scleromyositis (11 girls and 7 boys), age: 15.8±2.6 years with no clinical signs or symptoms of heart disease. Control group comprised 20 healthy children, age: 13.8±2.7 years. M-mode, 2-D and Doppler echo was performed in all subjects and global index of LV performance (Tei index) was calculated as a proportion of the sum of isovolumetric contraction time (ICT) and isovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT) to ejection time (ET).
Results:LA diameter was significantly lower in children with scleromyositis than in control group: 2.7±0.3 vs 3.1±0.3; p<0.01. Value of PWd in scleromyositis group was 0.6±0.15 and was significantly lower in comparison with control group: 0.8±0.15; p<0.005. There was no significant difference in value of LVdD, LVsD, IVSd, SF i EF in both groups. Also E/A, ICT, IVRT i ET values were similar in both groups. Tei index in scleromyositis group and in control group was: 0.46±0.08 and 0.44±0.06 respectively, p=NS.
Conclusion: Based on analysis of echocardiographic parameters there are no changes in heart muscle in children with scleromyositis which suggests that cardiac involvement is not an early sign of the disease.
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scleromyositis, echocardiographic assessment, children



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