When Eosinophils Attack

This interesting case involves a patient with cardiogenic shock due to an unusual form of cardiomyopathy. This diagnosis is frequently missed as it is often not even considered. Our patient was treated with an LVAD and histopathologic examination of the myocardium plug sampled during surgery led to the diagnosis. The patient was treated with both left and right ventricular support devices (LVAD, RVAD) and survived through hospital discharge.

You will learn:

  • To describe patient characteristics that are consistent with a diagnosis of eosinophilic cardiomyopathy
  • To outline the clinical features of the disease
  • To describe the natural history and potential for treatment of eosinophilic cardiomyopathy

Author(s): Ryan Connolly, MD and Lawrence Gimple, MD

Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes

Credit hours: .5

Method and Medium: Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.