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beriberi heart


Definition: heart disease due to thiamine deficiency that may be epidemic or sporadic as characterized by cardiac metabolic damage and myocardial failure, often of the “high output” type, with edema (except in “dry” shoshin beriberi) and polyneuritis. The term is derived from Sinhalese, “I am unable.”

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