Features and Outcomes of Histologically Proven Myocarditis With Fulminant Presentation

the Japanese Registry of Fulminant Myocarditis Investigators

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Background: Fulminant myocarditis presentation (FMP) is a rare and severe presentation of myocarditis. The natural history of FMP and its clinical features associated with poor outcomes are incompletely understood because there is a lack of generalizable evidence. Methods: This multicenter retrospective cohort study included patients hospitalized with histologically proven myocarditis who underwent catecholamine or mechanical support from 235 cardiovascular training hospitals across Japan between April 2012 and March 2017. Clinical features and the prognostic predictors of death or heart transplantation within 90 days on the basis of clinical and pathologic findings were determined using the Kaplan-Meier method, log-rank test, and Cox regression analysis. Results: This study included 344 patients with histologically proven FMP (median age, 54 years; 40% female). The median follow-up was 600 days (interquartile range, 36 to 1599 days) and the cumulative risk of death or heart transplantation at 90 days was 29% (n=98). Results from multivariable Cox regression analysis showed that older age, nonsinus rhythm, low left ventricular wall motion (<40%) on admission, and ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation on admission day were associated with worse 90-day survival. Severe histologic damage (damaged cardiomyocytes comprising ≥50% of the total cardiomyocytes) was associated with a worse 90-day prognosis in patients with lymphocytic myocarditis. Conclusions: The results from analyses of data from this multicenter registry demonstrated that patients with FMP are at a higher risk of death or heart transplantation in real-world settings. These observations inform which clinical and pathologic findings may be useful for prognostication in FMP. Registration: URL: https://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr; Unique identifier: UMIN000039763.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1425-1433
Number of pages9
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 08-11-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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