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Salmonella Pericarditis: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature

Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(5):817-823. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-55-5-817
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Prior to the antibiotic era, bacterial infection was one of the common causes of pericarditis. The incidence of bacterial pericarditis has decreased considerably with the use of antimicrobial agents. The organisms most frequently implicated are the pneumococcus, staphylococcus, hemolytic streptococcus, and tubercle bacillus (1-5). Pericardial involvement in salmonellosis is uncommon (4-5). It is the purpose of this paper to report and discuss the case of a child with salmonella septicemia and pericarditis and to summarize the previously reported cases.

CASE REPORT: A five-year-old white boy was seen for the first time at Children's Hospital on January 8, 1960. During the


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