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A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
Year : 2007  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 159 Table of Contents     

Purulent pericarditis in an infant


MD, Pediatric Cardiology Section, Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Date of Web Publication17-Jun-2010

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Muhammad Dilawar
MD, Pediatric Cardiology Section, Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha
Qatar
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Dilawar M. Purulent pericarditis in an infant. Heart Views 2007;8:159

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Dilawar M. Purulent pericarditis in an infant. Heart Views [serial online] 2007 [cited 2022 Dec 4];8:159. Available from: https://www.heartviews.org/text.asp?2007/8/4/159/63852

A one-year-old female patient from Bangladesh was admitted because of a history of fever. Past medical and surgical histories were not significant. Her clinical exam was consistent with tachycardia and muffled heart sounds. Chest X-ray showed cardiomegaly; ECG revealed low voltage with generalized S-T elevation; CBC and acute phase reactants were suggestive of bacterial infection. Echocardiogram [Figure 1] showed large (15mm) fibrinous pericardial effusion with loculations, near normal biventricular function and no signs of tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was performed. Gram stain of this fluid showed Gram positive cocci and culture was positive for staphylococcus aureus. Broad spectrum antibiotic coverage was given for 15 days but patient remained febrile with no change in echo findings. Surgical pericardiotomy was performed after 15 days of antibiotic treatment. A significant amount of cheesy material was removed and histopathology of pericardial tissue showed acute suppurative inflammation with granulation tissue, no granulomas, no malignancy. Patient improved clinically, by CBC/acute phase reactants and echocardiographically [Figure 2] and a total of 4 weeks antibiotic course was completed. The patient was discharged in good condition.


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