MORRIS BERK, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Involvement of the pericardium in the course of generalized carcinomatosis is not uncommon.1, 2 Obliteration of the pericardial cavity by such a process is rare. The production of the clinical syndrome of chronic cardiac compression, or constrictive pericarditis, is even rarer, not more than a handful of cases having been reported.3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Neoplastic lesions of the malignant lymphoma group, in contrast to carcinoma, are more commonly operative in the production of this syndrome.8
The following case is presented as an example of the chronic cardiac compression syndrome, secondary to carcinoma, and serves to point out that chronic
BERK M. CARCINOMATOUS INVOLVEMENT OF THE PERICARDIUM PRODUCING THE SYNDROME OF CONSTRICTIVE PERICARDITIS: REPORT OF A CASE1. Ann Intern Med. 1956;45:298–306. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-45-2-298
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;45(2):298-306.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease.
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