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Giant Cell Myocarditis


Synonyms of Giant Cell Myocarditis
  • GCM
  • Idiopathic Giant Cell Myocarditis

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Giant cell myocarditis is a rare cardiovascular disorder that occurs for unknown reasons (idiopathic). It is characterized by inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium), a condition referred to as myocarditis. Inflammation is caused by widespread infiltration of giant cells associated with other inflammatory cells and heart muscle cell destruction. Giant cells are abnormal masses produced by the fusion of inflammatory cells called macrophages. Individuals with giant cell myocarditis may develop abnormal heartbeats, chest pain and, eventually, heart failure. Many individuals eventually require a heart transplant. The disorder most often occurs in young adults.

    Organizations related to Giant Cell Myocarditis
    • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
      22100 Gratiot Avenue
      Eastpointe MI 48021
      Phone #: 586-776-3900
      800 #: 800-598-4668
      e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
      Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
    • American Heart Association
      National Center
      Dallas TX 75231-4596
      Phone #: 214-373-6300
      800 #: 800-242-8721
      e-mail: inquire@heart.org
      Home page: http://www.americanheart.org
    • AutoImmunity Community
      None
      None None None
      Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
      Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
    • Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF)
      PO Box 547
      Tenafly NJ 07670
      Phone #: 866-808-2873
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@childrenscardiomyopathy.org
      Home page: http://www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org
    • Myocarditis Foundation
      4708 Norbury Place
      Raleigh NC 27614
      Phone #: 919-846-2081
      800 #: 866-846-1600
      e-mail: cmoose1@nc.rr.com
      Home page: http://www.myocarditisfoundation.org
    • Myocarditis Program at Mayo Clinic
      Mayo Clinic
      Rochester MN 55905
      Phone #: 507-284-3680
      800 #: --
      e-mail: cooper.leslie@mayo.edu
      Home page: http://www.mayo.edu/research/giant_cell_myocarditis/communications.html
    • NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Information Center
      P.O. Box 30105
      Bethesda MD 20824-0105
      Phone #: 301-592-8573
      800 #: --
      e-mail: nhlbiinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov
      Home page: N/A
    • WIRED4LIFE
      2515 White Bear Ave.
      Maplewood MN 55109
      Phone #: 651-470-1140
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: dawnhuberty@wired4life.net
      Home page: http://www.wired4life.net



    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html