PMID: 1307005Jul 1, 1992Paper

Electrocardiographic alterations in persons with a positive serology for toxoplasmosis

Boletín chileno de parasitología
H SchenoneF Villarroel


To each of 11,161 randomly taken people from urban and peri-urban localities of the first seven regions of Chile (geographic area of distribution of Chagas' disease in the country), with negative serology for Chagas' disease, an indirect hemagglutination test (IHAT) for toxoplasmosis and an EKG were practiced. The IHAT for toxoplasmosis resulted positive in 3,519 individuals (31.5%). The EKG showed alterations in 10.9% of the IHAT positive individuals and in 7.9% of the IHAT negative ones. This difference between the proportion of altered EKG in IHAT positive people and altered EKG in those with negative IHAT is statistically significative with p < 0.001. These results suggest the convenience of considering toxoplasmosis as a cause of chronic myocardiopathy in epidemiological studies on Chagas' disease, since not discard the presence of Toxoplasma gondii infection should overvaluete the magnitude of the impact of Trypanosoma cruzi in the genesis of such a myocardiopathy.

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