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Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2010, Article ID 185896, 4 pages
Case Report

Fulminant Giant Cell Myocarditis and Cardiogenic Shock: An Unusual Presentation of Malignant Thymoma

1Division of Cardiology, Cardiac Cath Laboratory, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, 22101 Moross Road, 2nd Floor VEP, Detroit, MI 48236, USA
2St. John Hospital and Medical Center, 22101 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236, USA
3Abington Memorial Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine, 1200 Old York Raod, Abington, PA 19001, USA

Received 13 October 2009; Accepted 4 March 2010

Academic Editor: Jalal K. Ghali

Copyright © 2010 Deepak Koul et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Malignant thymoma is rarely associated with giant cell myocarditis. We present a case study that illustrates this association and cardiogenic shock with underlying tamponade. The dramatic presentation of this scenario has not been previously described.