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Cureus ; 14(5): e25154, 2022 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2124077


Epipericardial or epicardial fat necrosis (EFN) is a self-limited inflammatory process occurring in the mediastinal fat surrounding the heart. It is an uncommon cause of acute chest pain and mimics more critical clinical disorders such as acute coronary syndrome, aortic dissection, and pulmonary embolism. However, EFN is frequently overlooked and under-recognized in emergency departments (EDs) owing to the unfamiliarity of this condition among physicians and radiologists. Herein, we present the case of a previously healthy young male patient, with a recent history of mild COVID-19 infection (two weeks before presentation), who presented to the ED for acute chest pain. Paraclinical evaluation including computed tomography (CT) of the chest revealed fat stranding along with the left epicardial fat pad in favor of EFN.

Cureus ; 14(6): e26358, 2022 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1939384


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2). Patients with COVID-19 typically present with symptoms and signs related to respiratory tract infection. However, a broad spectrum of cardiac manifestations including myocarditis has been reported as complications of this virus. Nevertheless, focal myocarditis as the first clinical manifestation of COVID-19 infection has not been reported before. Thus, we herein present the case of a 56-year-old male patient previously healthy and presented to the emergency department with chest pain. The clinical picture was compatible with inferior ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Initial COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was negative, as well for its classic symptoms. Thereafter, further investigations suggested the diagnosis of focal myocarditis. Later on, the patient started to have a fever and repeated COVID-19 PCR that returned positive.