JOHN GODFREY, M.D.
For the past 10 years, increasing interest has been shown in acute pericarditis of obscure etiology, known commonly as acute nonspecific pericarditis or acute benign pericarditis. This syndrome is characterized by its onset with substernal or anterior thoracic pain, sometimes severe enough to require differentiation from myocardial infarction,1, 2 and is associated with a pericardial friction rub, fever, leukocytosis and elevated sedimentation rate in the majority of instances. A pericardial effusion has appeared in approximately 20 per cent of these cases, and pleural effusion in about 25 per cent. Complete recovery in two to 12 weeks has been the rule,
GODFREY J. MYOCARDIAL INVOLVEMENT IN ACUTE NONSPECIFIC PERICARDITIS: A REPORT OF THREE CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;35:1336–1345. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-35-6-1336
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;35(6):1336-1345.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease.
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