ROBERT JAY JAFFE, M.D.; HAROLD KALLMAN, M.D.
Chronic idiopathic pericarditis with massive pericardial effusion leading to circulatory embarrassment is an uncommon entity. The similarity between this and constrictive pericarditis, as to both the clinical picture and the response to pericardiectomy, deserves emphasis.
The case report which follows illustrates the failure of prolonged medical management and the good results that may follow surgical correction even after prolonged cardiac tamponade.
A 61 year old white female had been well until approximately 11 months prior to the time of admission to Kings County Hospital Center, when she first experienced the sudden onset of substernal, epigastric and right upper
JAFFE RJ, KALLMAN H. PERICARDIECTOMY FOR MASSIVE RECURRENT PERICARDIAL EFFUSION12. Ann Intern Med. ;51:363–371. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-2-363
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(2):363-371.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease.
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