Loeffler endocarditis is a fibrous restrictive cardiomyopathy thought to be caused by persistent eosinophilia. It is difficult to diagnose, and the prognosis is often poor if the underlying eosinophilia is not promptly recognized and treated. We describe the case of a middle-aged woman treated for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy first detected during a routine check-up at age 35 years but whose symptoms gradually progressed over the next 14 years. Right ventricular biopsy showed extensive fibrosis of the endocardial tissue, and right heart catheterization revealed right heart failure and a low cardiac output state. Ultimately, she became reliant on inotropic and mechanical cardiovascular support, but we were not able to bridge her to transplant. Autopsy findings were typical of endocardial fibroelastosis, but she had not suffered from any tropical disease or traveled to high-risk areas. The presence of abnormal capillary proliferation suggested a diagnosis of Loeffler endocarditis. Nonetheless, apart from a 6-month period of eosinophilia 7 years before her death, a history of well-controlled asthma and several drug sensitivities, we were unable to definitively identify the disease trigger. It is critical to diagnose and treat the underlying eosinophilia of Loeffler endocarditis to avoid a poor prognosis. This case highlights the importance of considering the diagnosis of eosinophilic endomyocarditis in patients with an unusual pattern of apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (or myocardial fibrosis of unknown etiology), even when there is no apparent history of eosinophilia.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine