AGATHA C. NODY, M.D.; MICHAEL S. BRUNO, M.D., F.A.C.P.; NICHOLAS P. DEPASQUALE, M.D., F.A.C.P.; PAUL A. BIENSTOCK, M.D.
Congestive heart failure is the most frequent cause of death in idiopathic hemochromatosis, but the course is usually protracted (1). We report here a patient with fulminating idiopathic hemochromatosis in whom death occurred within 1 month of the onset of symptoms. Hemodynamic findings of constrictive pericarditis are also a feature of this case.
A 33-year-old white male physician was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He complained of dyspnea on exertion, weakness, and anorexia. He was in good health until 10 days before admission. There was no excessive dietary or parenteral intake of iron, and the family
NODY AC, BRUNO MS, DEPASQUALE NP, BIENSTOCK PA. Fulminating Idiopathic Hemochromatosis Presenting as Constrictive Pericarditis. Ann Intern Med. ;83:373–374. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-3-373
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(3):373-374.
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