I will be submitting this for peer-reviewed publication when it’s complete.
Although Cardiac Amyloidosis can be inherited, it can also develop from bone marrow (AL – amyloid light chain) or liver (ATTR – amyloid transthyretin) sources. It is more common in men and rare in people under age 40.
The figures below are heart tissue specimens stained with Hematoxylin–eosin (H&E) stain which is a stain used for visualizing Eosinophylic amyloid.
Figure 3: Histopathological Findings from Endomyocardial Biopsy and Autopsy. Hematoxylin–eosin stains of heart-tissue specimens obtained by means of endomyocardial biopsy in patient 1 (Panel A) and autopsy in patient 2 (Panel B) showed myocarditis in both patients, with multifocal cardiomyocyte damage (arrows) associated with mixed inflammatory infiltration. Scattered eosinophils were noted (arrowheads). The images of the hematoxylin–eosin stains were obtained with 10× eyepieces and 40× or 60× objectives. Additional information is provided in the Supplementary Appendix. RV denotes right ventricle, and LV left ventricle. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34407340/
Figure 4: Histopathology of the heart. (A) Hematoxylin and eosin stains of atrial septum shows massive inflammatory infiltration with neutrophil predominance. (B) The myocytes often show contraction band necrosis (yellow arrows), which were highlighted by Masson’s trichrome staining. (C) The atrioventricular node area shows extension of atrial myocarditis to the superficial layer of the node. (D) The ventricular myocardium is free of inflammatory infiltrates, but there are multiple large foci of contraction band necrosis (yellow arrows) particularly in the left ventricular wall and the ventricular septum. Bars represent 100 µm. The blue arrows in insets show where the section was taken from the low magnification views. Hematoxylin and eosin stain was used for the specimen shown in (A) and Masson’s trichrome stain was used for the specimen shown in (B-D). RA = right atrium, LA = left atrium, RV = right ventricle, LV = left ventricle. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34664804/
Figure 5: https://allen.silverchair-cdn.com/allen/content_public/journal/aplm/pap/10.5858_arpa.2021-0435-sa/2/10.5858_arpa.2021-0435-sa.pdf?
Cardiac amyloidosis, also called infiltrating interstitial fibrosis, involves deposition of amyloid in the myocardium. In contrast to traditional myocardial fibrosis, the condition arises independently of cardiac stress or load. In cardiac amyloidosis, ECG and imaging may yield findings that resemble myocardial fibrosis (low voltage, hypertrophy and signs of fibrosis). Various biomarkers and cardiac MRI can distinguish between the conditions. Cardiac amyloidosis causes severe heart failure with a poor prognosis.25
In a study entitled: “Myocarditis is rare in COVID-19 autopsies: cardiovascular findings across 277 postmortem examinations”, 11 cases of Cardiac Amyloidosis were identified in contrast to only 20 cases of myocarditis.
Amyloidosis, albeit not the result of COVID-19, was a more homogeneous finding, being reported in 5 separate studies with the highest incidence in any study being 28.5% (6 of 21 cases). [Halushka MK. et al., 2021]
I shall return.
More references to support this hypothesis.26 “Sudden death in lambda light chain AL cardiac amyloidosis: a review of literature and update for clinicians and pathologists.” Sudden death, eh?
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