HAROLD R. WITHERBEE JR., M.D.; MORTON LEE PEARCE, M.D.
Since Barnes and Burchell1 showed the value of electrocardiographic interpretation in differentiating acute idiopathic pericarditis from acute coronary occlusion, there have been numerous reviews and case reports of the various manifestations of acute idiopathic pericarditis. Shock, with or without tamponade, has been rarely associated with idiopathic pericarditis. The presence od signs of acute abdominal disease at the onset of acute pericarditis, although infrequent, has been recently emphasized.2
Carmichael and co-workers, reviewing 50 cases with respect to clinical, laboratory and follow-up data,3 commented on the infrequent occurence of signs of circulatory collapse in acute pericarditis. In several reports of large series
WITHERBEE HR, PEARCE ML. SHOCK AND ACUTE ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS COMPLICATING ACUTE IDIOPATHIC PERICARDITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;49:876–884. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-49-4-876
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;49(4):876-884.
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