Clinical presentation and cardiac imaging findings in patient cases of perimyocarditis and pericarditis with a temporal association to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination

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Aims: We aimed to investigate and present cases of perimyocarditis and pericarditis verified by cardiovascular resonance (CMR) imaging in patients with a strong temporal association to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. We sought to describe the clinical presentation including coronary artery angiography, CMR, transthoracic echocardiography, blood samples, electrocardiography, and symptoms.

Methods: We included 10 patients admitted with chest pain shortly after vaccination for SARS-CoV-2, who were diagnosed with pericarditis or perimyocarditis by CMR. We reviewed the CMR, echocardiography, electrocardiography, blood samples, coronary artery angiography, vital signs and medical history. The updated Lake Louise Criteria were used to determine the diagnosis by CMR.

Results: Eight patients had perimyocarditis and two patients had pericarditis. The mean age was 22 ± 5 years (range 16 to 31 years), 90% were male. The median time from vaccination to hospital admission was 4 days (range 2 to 28 days). Admissions were seen after vaccination with three different SARS-CoV-2 vaccine manufacturers. Nine Patients had ST-elevation on the initial electrocardiography. Peak troponins varied from 357 to 23,547 ng/l, with a median of 4,304 ng/l. Two patients had an LVEF <50% on echocardiography and four patients had left ventricular global longitudinal strain values <18%. CMR revealed preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), although one patient had decreased LVEF on CMR. The T1 and T2 mapping values were increased in all patients. Of the 8 patients with perimyocarditis, all patients had signs of myocardial injury in the lateral segments of the left ventricle.

Conclusions: This case series of 10 patients supports the emerging evidence of an association between vaccination for SARS-CoV-2 and perimyocarditis and pericarditis, especially in young males. The temporal association was seen after vaccines from three different manufacturers. Imaging data from echocardiography and CMR displayed normal to mildly impaired cardiac function, usually with a mild disease course.

Original languageEnglish
Article number964412
JournalFrontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging
  • echocardiography
  • pericarditis
  • perimyocarditis


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