Monkey pox: the disease could lead to serious heart problems, Portuguese doctors warn

A case study, presented by clinicians from the University Hospital Center of São João (Portugal) suggests that in addition to skin lesions, monkeypox could lead to serious heart problems. The case in question, presented in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) developed acute myocarditis about a week after the onset of monkeypox symptoms.

A 31-year-old Portuguese man goes to hospital in Porto five days after the appearance of the typical symptoms of monkeypox, namely painful pimples on the genitals, hands and face, fever, pains throughout the body and intense fatigue. A PCR test can quickly confirm his positivity to monkeypox has been confirmed.

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But three days later, the same patient presents to the emergency department with a severe pain in the heart. Placed in intensive care, the doctors detected myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. Myocarditis is therefore, as with smallpox, a possible cardiac complication of monkeypox infection, explains lead author Dr. Ana Isabel Pinho, from the Cardiology Department of the University Hospital Center of São João: “Documenting this possible causal relationship will raise awareness among the scientific community and healthcare professionals of this possible complication of monkeypox and commits to close monitoring of affected patients”, concludes the Portuguese doctor. After a week, the patient was finally able to go home after the myocarditis was treated.

Monkeypox has infected more than 50,000 people worldwide. In France, there are 3,646 casesaccording to data from Public Health France.

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