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A preliminary research, in order to evaluate by immunofluorescent technique the prevalence of heart specific and non specific autoantibodies, has been performed on a population of 58 cardiac patients, allograft applying. Two other populations (cardiac patients not allograft candidates, and healthy blood donors), were also tested as controls. Significant differences in the presence of specific anti-heart antibodies were revealed among the three populations (89.7, 39.1 and 10%, respectively). No relevant correlation has appeared with the antibody titer between the two groups of cardiac patients.


Journal article


Quaderni Sclavo di diagnostica clinica e di laboratorio

Publication Date





403 - 408


Clinica di malattie infettive, Università, I.R.C.C.S., Policlinico s. Matteo, Pavia.


Myocardium, Humans, Heart Diseases, Autoantibodies, Preoperative Care, Heart Transplantation