The unexpected evolution of myocardial injury while infected with the coronavirus: A COVID-19 case report



Background: A novel virus breakout in December 2019, with diverse clinical manifestations, initially identified as infecting the respiratory system, has spread rapidly around the world, with adverse effects which have caused acute myocardial injury and chronic damage to the cardiovascular system in some individuals.

Aim: To present a clinical case with the manifestation of COVID-19 suspected to be either a mild case of either myocarditis or pericarditis. This case highlights a relatively atypical presentation of COVID-19 and the value of a coordinated approach to the unexpected sequences of patient recovery patterns that may require further specialist referral and intervention.

Findings: A ribonucleic acid (RNA) viral infection was confirmed by a polymerase chain reaction with reverse transcription (RT-PCR) and the patient was diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The presenting symptoms failed to resolve and the patient was admitted to the accident and emergency (A&E) department. Upon the second visit to the A&E department at 27 days postinfection, an electrocardiograph (ECG) was conducted revealing T wave inversion.