RAYMOND E. SMALLEY; JOHN C. RUDDOCK
Pericarditis in itself may be serious or unimportant, or it may be merely an incident in other serious and often fatal diseases. It is often masked by the underlying illness and not thought of until discovered in the course of a physical or roentgenologic examination.
Acute pericardial disease may be classified into three main types: acute fibrinous, acute serofibrinous and purulent. Acute rheumatic fever is the most common etiologic factor in the production of the fibrinous and serofibrinous types. In this condition the pericarditis is a part of a pancarditis in which the endocardium and the myocardium are also affected.1
SMALLEY RE, RUDDOCK JC. ACUTE PERICARDITIS: A STUDY OF EIGHTEEN CASES AMONG SERVICE PERSONNEL(ACUTE PERICARDITIS: A STUDY OF EIGHTEEN CASES AMONG SERVICE PERSONNEL*). Ann Intern Med. 1946;25:799–812. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-25-5-799
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;25(5):799-812.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease.
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