ARNOLD W. POHL, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Acute pericarditis usually occurs in the presence of more or less easily recognized infections elsewhere in the body, as with rheumatic fever, pneumococcic pneumonia, septicemia or tuberculosis, to mention the more common examples. That it may occur spontaneously and without the demonstration of any known infectious agent is not well known. Such cases have been called acute, non-specific pericarditis. The sudden onset and the severity of the chest pain may be such as to lead to the erroneous diagnosis of coronary thrombosis,1, 2, 3 or to pulmonary infarction.4
The recognition of several cases of acute, primary or non-specific pericarditis in
POHL AW. ACUTE PERICARDITIS: A REPORT OF EIGHT CASES IN WHICH THE ETIOLOGY WAS "NON-SPECIFIC" OR "CRYPTIC"1. Ann Intern Med. 1950;32:935–948. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-32-5-935
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;32(5):935-948.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease.
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