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Constrictive pericarditis

Balaji K Tamarappoo, Allan L Klein
Post-pericardiotomy syndrome (PPS) occurs in a subgroup of patients who have undergone cardiothoracic surgery and is characterized by fever, pleuritic pain, pleural effusion, and pericardial effusion. It is associated with significant morbidity, and the leading complications include tamponade and constrictive pericarditis. Epidemiologic studies have found that PPS often occurs among younger patients; however, there is a lack of comprehensive risk stratification. It is therefore important to be able to identify patients who are at high risk for developing this disease...
November 2016: Current Cardiology Reports
Asgher Champsi, Muzzammil Ali
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 8, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Devendra V Patil, Milind S Phadke, Jivtesh S Pahwa, Ashwin B Dalal
Familial constrictive pericarditis is extremely rare. We report a case of two brothers both suffering constrictive pericarditis along with having multiple painless joint deformities. Genetic workup confirmed the clinical diagnosis of camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa vara-pericarditis (CACP) syndrome CACP syndrome and also revealed a rare mutation in the causative gene.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Pankaj Jariwala, Satya Sridhar Kale
We describe a case report of a young girl, who presented with symptoms and signs of acute decompensated heart failure not responding to decongestive therapy. Routine 2D echocardiography revealed a diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. She underwent pericardiectomy, and etiology of it turned out to be CD20 negative B-cell lymphoblastic primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL). Despite intensive medical and surgical management, it was fatal. PCL is uncommon among cardiac tumors and extremely rare in immunocompetent patients...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Massimo Imazio, Elena Gribaudo, Fiorenzo Gaita
Recurrent pericarditis is the most common and troublesome complication of pericarditis affecting 20 to 50% of patients. Its pathogenesis is often presumed to be immune-mediated, but additional investigations are needed to clarify the pathogenesis in order to develop etiology-oriented therapies. Imaging with Computed Tomography and especially Cardiac Magnetic Resonance holds promise to help in the identification of more difficult cases and improve their management. Refractory recurrent pericarditis with corticosteroid dependence and colchicine resistance remain still an unsolved issue in search of new therapies, although old drugs such as azathioprine, intravenous immunoglobulins, and biological agents seem promising, but new randomized clinical trials are needed to confirm their role...
October 7, 2016: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Jason R Cuomo, Gyanendra K Sharma, Preston D Conger, Neal L Weintraub
Radiation-induced cardiovascular disease (RICVD) is the most common nonmalignant cause of morbidity and mortality among cancer survivors who have undergone mediastinal radiation therapy (RT). Cardiovascular complications include effusive or constrictive pericarditis, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, and coronary/vascular disease. These are pathophysiologically distinct disease entities whose prevalence varies depending on the timing and extent of radiation exposure to the heart and great vessels. Although refinements in RT dosimetry and shielding will inevitably limit future cases of RICVD, the increasing number of long-term cancer survivors, including those treated with older higher-dose RT regimens, will ensure a steady flow of afflicted patients for the foreseeable future...
September 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
Anastasios Milkas, Carlos Van Mieghem, Lieven Van Hoe, Emanuele Barbato, Bernard De Bruyne
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 27, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Chin Siang Ong, Sriram Shankar, James W L Yip, Edgar L W Tay, Lynette L S Teo, Swee Chye Quek
We report the case of a 23-year-old man who developed constrictive pericarditis within four months after pulmonary valve replacement and repair of partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection. He had previously undergone repair of tetralogy of Fallot in infancy. After an unsuccessful trial of medical management for persistent right heart failure, magnetic resonance imaging was done, which showed a thickened pericardium. He underwent a radical pericardiectomy with a good outcome. The case is presented to illustrate a less well-recognized cause of cardiac failure following congenital cardiac surgery, which may otherwise be attributed to the failure of surgery or residual complications...
September 19, 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Peter S Y Yu, Simon C H Yu, Cheuk-Man Chu, Micky W T Kwok, Yuk-Hoi Lam, Malcolm J Underwood, Randolph H L Wong
An elderly man presented with fever and evidence of Salmonella infection, and was diagnosed to have coexisting constrictive pericarditis and mycotic aneurysm of the aortic arch. Pericardiectomy was performed under cardiopulmonary bypass with good result. To avoid deep hypothermic circulatory arrest, an aorto-brachiocephalic bypass, instead of total arch replacement, was performed. This was followed by a staged carotid-carotid bypass, thoracic endovascular stent graft placement. He was subsequently treated with prolonged antibiotics, and inflammatory marker normalized afterwards...
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Stefano Poli, Manola Comar, Roberto Luzzati, Gianfranco Sinagra
Biological immune-modulator drugs, especially inhibitors of tumor necrosis factor-α, are frequently encountered in modern clinical practice and opportunistic infections are therefore a common concern. Infective pericarditis has been described as a complication of these treatments with possible life-threatening consequences. In similar cases cultures may isolate multiple opportunistic bacteria from the pericardial fluid without specific identification of the responsible germ, representing a problem for targeted antibiotic therapy...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Livia Garavelli, Ilenia Maini, Federica Baccilieri, Ivan Ivanovski, Marzia Pollazzon, Simonetta Rosato, Lorenzo Iughetti, Sheila Unger, Andrea Superti-Furga, Marco Tartaglia
UNLABELLED: Myhre syndrome (OMIM 139210) is a rare developmental disorder inherited as an autosomal dominant trait and caused by a narrow spectrum of missense mutations in the SMAD4 gene. The condition features characteristic face, short stature, skeletal anomalies, muscle pseudohypertrophy, restricted joint mobility, stiff and thick skin, and variable intellectual disability. While most of the clinical features manifest during childhood, the diagnosis may be challenging during the first years of life...
October 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
Anand D Shah, Daniel L Molloy, John E A Blair
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September 12, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Aaron Schatz, Cory Trankle, Ali Yassen, Christopher Chipko, Mohammed Rajab, Nayef Abouzaki, Antonio Abbate
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Marta Madeira, Rogério Teixeira, Marco Costa, Lino Gonçalves, Allan L Klein
Transthoracic echocardiography has a pivotal role in the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis (CP). In addition to the classic M-mode, two-dimensional and Doppler indices, newer methodologies designed to evaluate myocardial mechanics, such as two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE), provide additional diagnostic and clinical information in the context of CP. Research has demonstrated that cardiac mechanics can improve echocardiographic diagnostic accuracy of CP and aid in differentiating between constrictive and restrictive ventricular physiology...
August 19, 2016: Echocardiography
Qingqiang Ni, Lin Yun, Rui Xu, Guohua Li, Yucai Yao, Jiamin Li
Classic constrictive pericarditis (CP) is characterized by fibrous scarring and adhesion of both the visceral pericardium and the parietal pericardium, which leads to restricted cardiac filling. However, diagnosing CP with normal thickness pericardium and without calcification is still a challenge. The predominant cause in the developed world is idiopathic or viral pericarditis followed by post-cardiac surgery and post-radiation. Tuberculosis still remains a common cause of CP in developing countries. In this report, we describe a rare case of idiopathic localized constrictive visceral pericardium with normal thickness of the parietal pericardium in a middle-aged man...
September 2016: Frontiers of Medicine
Won-Gon Kim
The late Prof. Kyeok Boo Han (1913-2005) was one of the pioneers in the early stages of the establishment of thoracic surgery in Korea. He was in charge of thoracic surgery at Seoul National University Hospital from 1948 to the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. He presented a thoracic surgical case entitled "Adhesive (constrictive) pericarditis: one surgical case" at the first academic meeting of the Chosun (an old name for Korea) Medical Association, held in 1947. This presentation is considered to be the first thoracic surgical case presented by a Korean surgeon at a domestic medical meeting after the National Liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945...
August 2016: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Emeka B Kesieme, Peter O Okokhere, Christopher Ojemiega Iruolagbe, Angela Odike, Clifford Owobu, Theophilus Akhigbe
Background. The diagnosis and treatment of massive pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade have evolved over the years with a tendency towards a more comprehensive diagnostic workup and less traumatic intervention. Method. We reviewed and analysed the data of 32 consecutive patients who underwent surgery on account of massive pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade in a semiurban university hospital in Nigeria from February 2010 to February 2016. Results. The majority of patients (34.4%) were between 31 and 40 years...
2016: Advances in Medicine
Jon Persichino, Roger Garrison, Rajagopal Krishnan, Made Sutjita
BACKGROUND: Coxsackie B is a viral pathogen that presents with various invasive diseases in adults. Historically, the majority of adult cases with pericarditis or myocarditis have been attributed to coxsackievirus B. The presentation of this viral infection causing effusive-constrictive pericarditis, hepatitis or pancreatitis is rare. This case report is the first to describe a patient with concomitant effusive-constrictive pericarditis, hepatitis and pancreatitis from possible coxsackievirus B infection...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Yang Yang, Feng Xiao, Jin Wang, Bo Song, Xi-Hui Li, Jian Li, Zhi-Song He, Huan Zhang, Ling Yin
BACKGROUND: To investigate the possibility and feasibility of simultaneous cardiac and noncardiac surgery. METHODS: From August 2000 to March 2015, 64 patients suffering from cardiac and noncardiac diseases have been treated by simultaneous surgeries. RESULTS: Two patients died after operations in hospital; thus, the hospital mortality rate was 3.1%. One patient with coronary heart disease, acute myocardial infarction, and a recurrence of bladder cancer accepted emergency simultaneous coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), bladder cystectomy, and ureterostomy...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
Massimo Imazio, Antonio Brucato, Nikki Pluymaekers, Luciana Breda, Giovanni Calabri, Luca Cantarini, Rolando Cimaz, Filomena Colimodio, Fabrizia Corona, Davide Cumetti, Chiara Di Blasi Lo Cuccio, Marco Gattorno, Antonella Insalaco, Giuseppe Limongelli, Maria Giovanna Russo, Anna Valenti, Yaron Finkelstein, Alberto Martini
OBJECTIVE: Limited data are available about recurrent pericarditis in children. We sought to explore contemporary causes, characteristics, therapies and outcomes of recurrent pericarditis in paediatric patients. METHODS: A multicentre (eight sites) cohort study of 110 consecutive cases of paediatric patients with at least two recurrences of pericarditis over an 11-year period (2000-2010) [median 13 years, interquartile range (IQR) 5, 69 boys]. RESULTS: Recurrences were idiopathic or viral in 89...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
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