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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2001 April;49(2):127-30

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Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). A case of recovery of cardiomyopathy after vitamin E treatment

Morelli S., Sgreccia A., Bernardo M. L., Gurgo di Castelmenardo A., Petrilli A. C., De Leva R., Nuccio F., Calvieri S.


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A 60-year-old woman with systemic sclerosis, systemic hypertension, and chronic renal failure, presented with clinical manifestations of heart failure. An echocardiogram showed a mildly dilated left ventricle and global hypokinesis. A six-month treatment including reduced sodium intake, furosemide, and nifedipine did not change the clinical and instrumental findings. Casually, vitamin E (600 mg daily) was added. After 6 months, clinical manifestations of heart failure were disappeared and the echocardiogram showed a normally-sized left ventricle with normal wall motion.

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