Current Trends in Cardiology

Case Report - Current Trends in Cardiology (2017) Volume 1, Issue 2

The mystery of a deadly recurrent constrictive pericarditis: TB or not TB?

Constrictive pericarditis is characterized by scarring and loss of elasticity of the Pericardium, and subsequently, this leads to signs and symptoms of right heart failure. Common etiologies include previous cardiac surgery, repeated pericarditis, and Radiation therapy. However, less common causes include tuberculosis, neoplasms, and autoimmune disorders. Here we present a rare case of constrictive pericarditis of possible tuberculous etiology and review the diagnosis and management of the condition.

Author(s): Kenechukwu Mezue, Seyedhesamaldin Mostafavitoroghi, Pradhum Ram, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy, Majorie Stanek, Edwin Tulloch-Reid, Ernest Madu

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