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[Malignant or nonmalignant pericarditis].

Authors
  • Pogány, K
  • Van Der Graaf, W T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde
Publication Date
Oct 17, 1998
Volume
142
Issue
42
Pages
2281–2284
Identifiers
PMID: 9864520
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Pericardial effusion can occur as the first manifestation of disseminated cancer, as was demonstrated in the case of a 59-year-old woman who presented with respiratory insufficiency. In contrast, in three breast cancer patients aged 44, 55 and 53 pericardial effusion was shown to have a non-malignant cause, such as radiation or chemotherapy. Careful diagnostic procedures, including pericardiocentesis, should be performed to adjust the treatment to the underlying cause and to optimize the prognosis. It should be kept in mind that pericarditis in about half the patients suffering from a malignancy has a non-malignant cause.

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