A woman in her late 30s recently diagnosed with viral myopericarditis presented with 1 month of worsening fatigue, diffuse myalgias and chest pain radiating to her back. While undergoing work-up for chest wall myositis, she rapidly decompensated, developing heart failure and acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure. Her clinical course was complicated by cardiac arrest and severe cardiogenic shock requiring intra-aortic balloon pump support.
- Heart failure
- Biological agents
- Connective tissue disease
- Musculoskeletal syndromes
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Contributors DT and CLM were cofirst authors. They both participated as the primary authors of the manuscript, analysis and interpretation of data, and final approval of the version published. CLM, KP and PB participated in the treatment of the patient. KP and PB participated as a major contributors to the drafting of the manuscript, providing major revisions to the draft as necessary, analysis and interpretation of data, and final approval of the version published.
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