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Cardiovascular Volume

Image Number 045 - Myocarditis, heart, toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasma gondii rarely involves the myocardium. It only does so in the immunocompromised patient when the infection disseminates throughout the body. This slide shows a distended myocardial fiber at about 5 o'clock on the screen. This muscle cell is filled with Toxoplasma pseudocysts. T. gondii is one of the most common causes of encephalitis in the AIDS patient.

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