From Gut to Heart: Havoc in a Young Patient with Typhoid-associated Cardiomyopathy



Typhoid is an endemic hassle, especially in third-world countries like Pakistan. It is an enteric fever characterized by systemic manifestations that include high temperature and abdominal pain. If not properly treated, at times, it can transgress into complications predominantly involving the gut, where the site of pathology lies. Sometimes, however, it can involve other organ systems and pose diagnostic challenges owing to unfamiliar modes of presentation. Here in, we present a case of a 14-year-old male, previously afflicted and treated for typhoid who presented to the medical consult service with abdominal pain, high-grade fever, and mild chest discomfort. His hemodynamic parameters deteriorated within weeks as he developed pulmonary edema and hypoxemia. He was later diagnosed with echocardiography which earlier on, showed signs of acute myocarditis and eventually dilated cardiomyopathy. The patient was treated with antibiotics coupled with supportive and intensive care which yielded relief in his symptoms. He was later followed up with serial echocardiograms and showed improvement in the cardiac parameters.

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