OWEN J. RHEINGOLD, M.D., CAPT, MC
To the editor: I read with interest the recent report by Breitenstein, Salel, and Watson (1) of a patient with chronic inflammatory bowel disease who developed pericarditis and pericardial tamponade. They speculated whether the pericarditis would be relieved by colectomy, which could not be predicted from available experience. I present here an additional case and the first reported instance of pericarditis with pericardial tamponade occurring subsequent to colectomy.
The patient was a 28-year-old white woman with ulcerative colitis for 2 years before we saw her. She had had intermittent episodes of bloody diarrhea, treated with corticosteroids and salicylazosulfapyridine (Azulfidine⌖, Pharmacia
RHEINGOLD OJ. Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Pericarditis. Ann Intern Med. ;82:592. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-4-592_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(4):592.
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