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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 254

Hamartoma of mature cardiac myocytes: Report of a rare case with review of literature


Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

Date of Web Publication11-Jan-2019

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
P. O. Box 55302, Baghdad Post Office, Baghdad
Iraq
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DOI: 10.4103/jpcs.jpcs_43_18

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Hamartoma of mature cardiac myocytes: Report of a rare case with review of literature. J Pract Cardiovasc Sci 2018;4:254

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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 Mar 19];4:254. Available from: http://www.j-pcs.org/text.asp?2018/4/3/254/249932

Dear Editor,

I read the interesting case report by Kumari et al. on the hamartoma of mature heart myocytes in an Indian patient.[1] 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.[2] 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%.[3] 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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Kumari K, Arava S, Kumar S, Bansal A, Bisoi AK, Ray R. Hamartoma of mature cardiac myocytes: Report of a rare case with review of literature. J Pract Cardiovasc Sci 2018;4:55-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Valencia Ortega ME. Malignancies and infection due to the human immunodeficiency virus. Are these emerging diseases? Rev Clin Esp 2018;218:149-55.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Paranjape RS, Challacombe SJ. HIV/AIDS in India: An overview of the Indian epidemic. Oral Dis 2016;22 Suppl 1:10-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
    




 

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