ABSTRACT: This case report represents the difficulties in diagnosing brucellosis, which is an enigma with unusual cardiovascular complications. A 32-year-old Caucasian man with acute chest pain was examined at Sfax Hedi Chaker's Hospital. He had a night fever, although his cardiac examination was normal. Further laboratory analyses showed an elevated C-reactive protein of 20.8 mg/dL and troponine I of 1.469 IU/L. A cardiac MRI using delayed enhancement was then performed. The T2-weighted short-axis showed a subepicardial delaying enhancement of infero-lateral and the basal walls of the left ventricle. Accordingly, a diagnosis of Brucella-related myocarditis was made.
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