JOHN R. MORSE; MARTIN I. ORETSKY; JOHN A. HUDSON
Pericarditis complicating the course of meningococcal meningitis is a distinctly uncommon event. A total of 32 cases of meningococcal meningitis were encountered over a 13-month period. Six of these developed acute pericarditis during the convalescent phase of their disease, for an incidence of 19%. Fever, chest pain, friction rub, and typical ECG changes were the common diagnostic findings in all cases. The clinical course of these patients was generally benign, with a variable but complete response to anti-inflammatory medications. Only one patient developed pericardial compression necessitating pericardiocentesis. Speculation as to causes for increased incidence of this complication includes the possibility
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MORSE JR, ORETSKY MI, HUDSON JA. Pericarditis As a Complication of Meningococcal Meningitis. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:212–217. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-2-212
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(2):212-217.
Cardiology, CNS Infections, Infectious Disease, Neurology, Pericardial Disease.
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