A difficult diagnosis - constrictive pericarditis and its treatment: a case report
Altemimi, Harith A.
Altaf, Syed Y.
James, Rhian K.
Kumar, Eshwar B.
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Altemimi, H. A., Altaf, S. Y., James, R. K., Nata, R., Kumar, E. B., & Codispoti, M. (2009). A difficult diagnosis - constrictive pericarditis and its treatment: a case report.
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Abstract The diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis requires a high degree of clinical suspicion, for the signs and symptoms of this disease can be falsely attributed to other causes. Herein, we present a case of a 70-year old retired farmer whose symptoms of right heart failure were initially attributed to co-existing pneumonia and pulmonary embolism. He was discharged. Three weeks later he presented with worsening breathlessness and ascites. Echocardiography, computed tomography and cardiac catheterization revealed the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. He underwent complete pericardectomy and to date has made a good recovery. This case exemplifies the difficulty in diagnosing this condition, the investigation required, and provides a discussion of the benefit and outcomes of prompt treatment.
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