Constrictive pericarditis after tuberculosis in adolescence

Cardiology
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2011.0025
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Constrictive pericarditis after tuberculosis in adolescence

Constrictive pericarditis is a difficult diagnosis that requires a high degree of clinical suspicion due to unspecific signs and symptoms. We present a 73-year-old patient with symptoms of chronic heart failure. Cardiac catheterization revealed the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis, likely as a late consequence after tuberculosis in adolescence. The patient underwent complete pericardectomy and had marked clinical improvement at follow-up. We describe the investigation and treatment options of this condition.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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