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Uremic Pericarditis and Cardiac Tamponade in Chronic Renal Failure

Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(5):990-995. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-64-5-990
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Uremic pericarditis has long been regarded as a sign of impending death (1-4). Since the introduction of intermittent dialysis and renal transplantation, the outlook for the uremic patient has improved. Many patients with chronic renal failure can be rehabilitated, and their pericarditis frequently disappears. However, cardiac tamponade, hitherto rare (5-10), is recognized more often and is compatible with prolonged survival if adequately treated.

The present report reviews the clinical and pathological observations made on a series in 27 patients with chronic renal failure in whom a diagnosis of pericarditis was made during life.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: During the period 1956


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