SIMON KOLETSKY, M.D.; ROBERT E. BROWNLEE, M.D.
The object of this report is to describe a case of isolated suppurative pericarditis complicating a postabortive thrombophlebitis of the pelvic veins. Only one similar instance of suppurative pericarditis following an abortion has been found in a survey of the literature.1 The pericarditis was evidently embolic in origin and developed about two weeks after the abortion. The patient then rapidly developed the symptoms of severe cardiac constriction 2 and died in circulatory failure within a period of eight weeks. An autopsy revealed extensive organization of the pericarditis and the formation of thick and rigid pericardial scar tissue.
KOLETSKY S, BROWNLEE RE. FATAL "CONSTRICTIVE" PERICARDITIS DUE TO ISOLATED SUPPURATIVE PERICARDITIS THE RESULT OF INFECTED ABORTION; CASE REPORT1. Ann Intern Med. 1940;14:924–929. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-5-924
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(5):924-929.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease.
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