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Case report
Constrictive pericarditis – a case report

Karol Gołąbek, Karina Wierzbowska-Drabik, Witold Pawłowski, Jarosław D. Kasprzak
Kardiol Pol 2009;67(5):529-534.

open access

Vol 67, No 5 (2009)
Other
Published online: 2009-05-20
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

A case of a 56-year-old man with constrictive pericarditis which was diagnosed and operated for the first time in 1996, is described. After that, the patient has been hospitalised for several times because of heart failure. On admission to the hospital, he complained of dyspnea on exertion and peripheral edema. Computerised tomography of the chest demonstrated a thickened, calcified pericardium. The combination of imaging and hemodynamic findings established the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. The patient was referred to cardiothoracic surgery for pericardiectomy. The patient had an uneventful postoperative recovery and was discharged from the hospital on the twenty seven postoperative day.

Abstract

A case of a 56-year-old man with constrictive pericarditis which was diagnosed and operated for the first time in 1996, is described. After that, the patient has been hospitalised for several times because of heart failure. On admission to the hospital, he complained of dyspnea on exertion and peripheral edema. Computerised tomography of the chest demonstrated a thickened, calcified pericardium. The combination of imaging and hemodynamic findings established the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. The patient was referred to cardiothoracic surgery for pericardiectomy. The patient had an uneventful postoperative recovery and was discharged from the hospital on the twenty seven postoperative day.
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Keywords

constrictive pericarditis; pericardiectomy; Kussmaul’s sign; paradoxical pulse

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Title

Case report
Constrictive pericarditis – a case report

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 67, No 5 (2009)

Pages

529-534

Published online

2009-05-20

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2009;67(5):529-534.

Keywords

constrictive pericarditis
pericardiectomy
Kussmaul’s sign
paradoxical pulse

Authors

Karol Gołąbek
Karina Wierzbowska-Drabik
Witold Pawłowski
Jarosław D. Kasprzak

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