Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde vol:64 issue:21 pages:1108-1112
Cardiac involvement in systemic inflammatory diseases
Systemic inflammatory diseases (SIDs) represent a large group of rare diseases in which several organs are involved, accompanied by signs and symptoms of inflammation. SIDs encompass the so-called connective tissue diseases, vasculitides and granulomatous diseases. These conditions are sometimes classified as rheumatic diseases because a musculoskeletal involvement is common and frequently clinically predominant. Kidney and lung manifestations are rather well known, but the cardiac involvement is sometimes forgotten.
In this limited overview we describe the typical cardiac involvement and pathology in a number of SIDs.
It should be evident for those involved in the care of patients with these rather rare diseases that a thorough cardiologic assessment and follow-up should be routinely executed and may be of vital importance.