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Volume 9, Number 12—December 2003

Research

Trypanosoma cruzi in Persons without Serologic Evidence of Disease, Argentina

Oscar A. Salomone*Comments to Author , Ana L. Basquiera*, Adela Sembaj†, Ana M. Aguerri†, María E. Reyes‡, Mirtha Omelianuk*, Ruth A. Fernández†, Julio Enders†, Atilio Palma†, José Moreno Barral†, and Roberto J. Madoery*
Author affiliations: *Hospital Privado Centro Médico de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina; †Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina; ‡Ministerio de Salud de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina

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Table 2

Epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of 12 patients with negative serologic findings and positive PCR for T. cruzi in blooda

Patient Age (y) Sex Previous positive serologic test EKG Echocardiogram
LVDd (mm) LVEF (%)
Urban 1
56
F
Present
Normal
44
64
Urban 2
66
F
Absent
RBBB
42
65
Urban 3
58
M
Absent
RBBB + LAFB
45
60
Rural 1
35
F
Absent
ND
ND
ND
Rural 2
17
F
Absent
ND
ND
ND
Rural 3
15
F
Absent
ND
ND
ND
Rural 4
47
F
Absent
Normal
45
50
Rural 5
59
M
Absent
ND
ND
ND
Rural 6
22
F
Absent
ND
ND
ND
Rural 7
24
M
Absent
IRBBB
50
45
Rural 8
68
M
Absent
Normal
39
56
Rural 9 43 F Absent Normal 46 64

aPCR, polymerase chain reaction; F, female; M, male; EKG, electrocardiogram; RBBB, right bundle branch block; IRBBB, incomplete right bundle branch block; LAFB, left anterior fascicular block; LVDd, left ventricular diameter in diastole; LVEF, left ventricular ejection fraction; ND, not determinate.

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