|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 254
Hamartoma of mature cardiac myocytes: Report of a rare case with review of literature
Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
|Date of Web Publication||11-Jan-2019|
Prof. Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
P. O. Box 55302, Baghdad Post Office, Baghdad
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Al-Mendalawi MD. Hamartoma of mature cardiac myocytes: Report of a rare case with review of literature. J Pract Cardiovasc Sci 2018;4:254
|How to cite this URL:|
Al-Mendalawi MD. Hamartoma of mature cardiac myocytes: Report of a rare case with review of literature. J Pract Cardiovasc Sci [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Jun 20];4:254. Available from: http://www.j-pcs.org/text.asp?2018/4/3/254/249932
I read the interesting case report by Kumari et al. on the hamartoma of mature heart myocytes in an Indian patient. In the light of the rarity of the tumor, the authors must take into consideration defective immune status in the studied patient. Among conditions associated with defective immunity, infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is prioritized. My presumption is based on the following point. It is obvious that individuals with HIV infection are more susceptible to various types of tumors compared to immune competent individuals. The increased susceptibility has been attributed to different factors, including immunosuppression, co-infection with oncogenic viruses, and life prolongation secondary to the use of antiretroviral therapy. To my knowledge, HIV infection is a distressing and sizeable health hazard in India. Although no recent data are yet present on the HIV seroprevalence, the available data pointed out to 0.26% HIV seroprevalence compared with a global average of 0.2%. Hence, planning for the diagnostic panel of CD4 lymphocyte count and viral overload measurements in the studied patient was solicited. If that panel of tests was achieved and it disclosed HIV infection, the case in question could be obviously considered a novel case report. This is because HIV-associated hamartoma of cardiac myocytes has never been reported in the literature so far.
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