Congestive Cardiomyopathy and Haemochromatosis– Rapid Progression Possibly Accelerated by Excessive Ingestion of Ascorbic Acid

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  • C. J. McLaran,

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    1. Departments of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Royal Brisbane Hospital
      The Prince Charles Hospital, Rode Road, Brisbane, Queensland 4032
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    • *Cardiology Registrar, Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane.

  • J. H. N. Bett,

    1. Departments of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Royal Brisbane Hospital
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    • †Director of Cardiology, Royal Brisbane Hospital.

  • J. A. Nye,

    1. Departments of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Royal Brisbane Hospital
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    • ‡Visiting Physician, Royal Brisbane Hospital.

  • J. W. Halliday

    1. Department of Medicine, University of Queensland
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    • **National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow.


The Prince Charles Hospital, Rode Road, Brisbane, Queensland 4032

Abstract

Abstract: Congestive cardiomyopathy and haemochromatosis–rapid progression possibly accelerated by excessive ingestion of ascorbic acid. C. J. McLaran, J. H. N. Bett, J. A. Nye and J. W. Halliday, Aust. N.Z. J. Med., 1982, 12, pp. 187–188.

We describe rapidly fatal cardiomyopathy in a young man. He had for twelve months ingested large amounts of ascorbic acid and was admitted with severe heart failure having been symptomatic for two months. He died after eight days. Idiopathic haemochromatosis was diagnosed at autopsy.

The clinical and laboratory features are discussed and the possible implications of ascorbic acid ingestion are explored.

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