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  1. The diagnostic accuracy of pericardial and urinary lipoarabinomannan (LAM) assays in patients with suspected tuberculous pericarditis.

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    Pandie, Shaheen; Peter, Jonathan G; Kerbelker, Zita S; Meldau, Richard; Theron, Grant; Govender, Ureshnie; Ntsekhe, Mpiko; Dheda, Keertan; Mayosi, Bongani M

    2016-09-16

    We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of urinary and pericardial fluid (PF) lipoarabinomannan (LAM) assays in tuberculous pericarditis (TBP). From October 2009 through September 2012, 151 patients with TBP were enrolled. Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture and/or pericardial histology were the reference standard for definite TBP. 49% (74/151), 33.1% (50/151) and 17.9% (27/151) of patients had definite-, probable-, and non-TB respectively; 69.5% (105/151) were HIV positive. LAM ELISA had the following sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio, negative likelihood ratio, positive predictive value and negative predictive values (95% confidence interval): urinary - 17.4% (9.1-30.7), 93.8% (71.7-98.9), 2.8 (0.1-63.3), 0.9 (0.8-0.9), 88.9% (56.5-98.0), and 28.3% (17.9-41.6); PF - 11.6% (6.0-21.3), 88% (70.0-95.8), 0.9 (0.08-12.0), 1.0 (0.9-1.1), 72.7% (43.4-90.1), and 26.6% (18.2-36.9). Sensitivity increased with a CD4 ≤ 100 cells/mm(3) from 3.5% to 50% (p LAM ELISA; for urinary LAM strip test, grade 1 and 2 cut-points performed similarly, irrespective of HIV status or CD4 count. For PF LAM strip tests, switching cut-points from grade 1 to 2 significantly reduced test sensitivity (54.5% versus 19.7%; p LAM assays have low sensitivity but high specificity for diagnosis of TBP. The sensitivity of urinary LAM is increased in HIV-infected patients with a CD4 ≤ 100 cells/mm(3).

  2. Interventions for treating tuberculous pericarditis

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    Wiysonge, Charles S; Ntsekhe, Mpiko; Thabane, Lehana; Volmink, Jimmy; Majombozi, Dumisani; Gumedze, Freedom; Pandie, Shaheen; Mayosi, Bongani M

    2017-01-01

    Background Tuberculous pericarditis can impair the heart's function and cause death; long term, it can cause the membrane to fibrose and constrict causing heart failure. In addition to antituberculous chemotherapy, treatments include corticosteroids, drainage, and surgery. Objectives To assess the effects of treatments for tuberculous pericarditis. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register (27 March 2017); the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), published in the Cochrane Library (2017, Issue 2); MEDLINE (1966 to 27 March 2017); Embase (1974 to 27 March 2017); and LILACS (1982 to 27 March 2017). In addition we searched the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) search portal using 'tuberculosis' and 'pericard*' as search terms on 27 March 2017. We searched ClinicalTrials.gov and contacted researchers in the field of tuberculous pericarditis. This is a new version of the original 2002 review. Selection criteria We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs. Data collection and analysis Two review authors independently screened search outputs, evaluated study eligibility, assessed risk of bias, and extracted data; and we resolved any discrepancies by discussion and consensus. One trial assessed the effects of both corticosteroid and Mycobacterium indicus pranii treatment in a two-by-two factorial design; we excluded data from the group that received both interventions. We conducted fixed-effect meta-analysis and assessed the certainty of the evidence using the GRADE approach. Main results Seven trials met the inclusion criteria; all were from sub-Saharan Africa and included 1959 participants, with 1051/1959 (54%) HIV-positive. All trials evaluated corticosteroids and one each evaluated colchicine, M. indicus pranii immunotherapy, and open surgical drainage. Four trials (1841 participants

  3. Mortality in patients treated for tuberculous pericarditis in sub ...

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    Objective: To determine the mortality rate and its predictors in patients with a presumptive diagnosis of tuberculous pericarditis in sub-Saharan Africa. ... diagnosis of pericardial effusion and treatment of concomitant HIV infection may reduce the high mortality associated with the disease. SAMJ Vol. 98 (1) 2008: pp. 36-40 ...

  4. Tuberculous Pericarditis is Multibacillary and Bacterial Burden Drives High Mortality

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    Pasipanodya, Jotam G.; Mubanga, Mwenya; Ntsekhe, Mpiko; Pandie, Shaheen; Magazi, Beki T.; Gumedze, Freedom; Myer, Landon; Gumbo, Tawanda; Mayosi, Bongani M.

    2015-01-01

    Background Tuberculous pericarditis is considered to be a paucibacillary process; the large pericardial fluid accumulation is attributed to an inflammatory response to tuberculoproteins. Mortality rates are high. We investigated the role of clinical and microbial factors predictive of tuberculous pericarditis mortality using the artificial intelligence algorithm termed classification and regression tree (CART) analysis. Methods Patients were prospectively enrolled and followed in the Investigation of the Management of Pericarditis (IMPI) registry. Clinical and laboratory data of 70 patients with confirmed tuberculous pericarditis, including time-to-positive (TTP) cultures from pericardial fluid, were extracted and analyzed for mortality outcomes using CART. TTP was translated to log10 colony forming units (CFUs) per mL, and compared to that obtained from sputum in some of our patients. Findings Seventy patients with proven tuberculous pericarditis were enrolled. The median patient age was 35 (range: 20–71) years. The median, follow up was for 11.97 (range: 0·03–74.73) months. The median TTP for pericardial fluid cultures was 22 (range: 4–58) days or 3.91(range: 0·5–8·96) log10CFU/mL, which overlapped with the range of 3.24–7.42 log10CFU/mL encountered in sputum, a multi-bacillary disease. The overall mortality rate was 1.43 per 100 person-months. CART identified follow-up duration of 5·23 months on directly observed therapy, a CD4 + count of ≤ 199.5/mL, and TTP ≤ 14 days (bacillary load ≥ 5.53 log10 CFU/mL) as predictive of mortality. TTP interacted with follow-up duration in a non-linear fashion. Interpretation Patients with culture confirmed tuberculous pericarditis have a high bacillary burden, and this bacterial burden drives mortality. Thus proven tuberculosis pericarditis is not a paucibacillary disease. Moreover, the severe immunosuppression suggests limited inflammation. There is a need for the design of a highly bactericidal

  5. Prednisolone and Mycobacterium indicus pranii in Tuberculous Pericarditis

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    Mayosi, Bongani M; Ntsekhe, Mpiko; Bosch, Jackie; Pandie, Shaheen; Jung, Hyejung; Gumedze, Freedom; Pogue, Janice; Thabane, Lehana; Smieja, Marek; Francis, Veronica; Joldersma, Laura; Thomas, Kandithalal M.; Thomas, Baby; Awotedu, Abolade A.; Magula, Nombulelo P.; Naidoo, Datshana P.; Damasceno, Albertino; Banda, Alfred Chitsa; Brown, Basil; Manga, Pravin; Kirenga, Bruce; Mondo, Charles; Mntla, Phindile; Tsitsi, Jacob M.; Peters, Ferande; Essop, Mohammed R.; Russell, James B.W.; Hakim, James; Matenga, Jonathan; Barasa, Ayub F.; Sani, Mahmoud U.; Olunuga, Taiwo; Ogah, Okechukwu; Ansa, Victor; Aje, Akinyemi; Danbauchi, Solomon; Ojji, Dike; Yusuf, Salim

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Tuberculous pericarditis is associated with high morbidity and mortality even if antituberculosis therapy is administered. We evaluated the effects of adjunctive glucocorticoid therapy and Mycobacterium indicus pranii immunotherapy in patients with tuberculous pericarditis. METHODS Using a 2-by-2 factorial design, we randomly assigned 1400 adults with definite or probable tuberculous pericarditis to either prednisolone or placebo for 6 weeks and to either M. indicus pranii or placebo, administered in five injections over the course of 3 months. Two thirds of the participants had concomitant human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The primary efficacy outcome was a composite of death, cardiac tamponade requiring pericardiocentesis, or constrictive pericarditis. RESULTS There was no significant difference in the primary outcome between patients who received prednisolone and those who received placebo (23.8% and 24.5%, respectively; hazard ratio, 0.95; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.77 to 1.18; P = 0.66) or between those who received M. indicus pranii immunotherapy and those who received placebo (25.0% and 24.3%, respectively; hazard ratio, 1.03; 95% CI, 0.82 to 1.29; P = 0.81). Prednisolone therapy, as compared with placebo, was associated with significant reductions in the incidence of constrictive pericarditis (4.4% vs. 7.8%; hazard ratio, 0.56; 95% CI, 0.36 to 0.87; P = 0.009) and hospitalization (20.7% vs. 25.2%; hazard ratio, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.63 to 0.99; P = 0.04). Both prednisolone and M. indicus pranii, each as compared with placebo, were associated with a significant increase in the incidence of cancer (1.8% vs. 0.6%; hazard ratio, 3.27; 95% CI, 1.07 to 10.03; P = 0.03, and 1.8% vs. 0.5%; hazard ratio, 3.69; 95% CI, 1.03 to 13.24; P = 0.03, respectively), owing mainly to an increase in HIV-associated cancer. CONCLUSIONS In patients with tuberculous pericarditis, neither prednisolone nor M. indicus pranii had a significant effect on the

  6. Clinical characteristics and initial management of patients with tuberculous pericarditis in the HIV era: the Investigation of the Management of Pericarditis in Africa (IMPI Africa) registry

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    Sliwa Karen; Parish Andy; Rebe Kevin; Burch Vanessa C; Nkouonlack Duquesne C; Blackett Kathleen; Maritz Frans; Mntla Phindile; Thembela Bongani; Awotedu Abolade A; Thomas Kandathil M; Thomas Baby M; Aje Akinyemi; Maartens Gary; Gumedze Freedom

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background The incidence of tuberculous pericarditis has increased in Africa as a result of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic. However, the effect of HIV co-infection on clinical features and prognosis in tuberculous pericarditis is not well characterised. We have used baseline data of the Investigation of the Management of Pericarditis in Africa (IMPI Africa) registry to assess the impact of HIV co-infection on clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, and treatmen...

  7. Prevalence, hemodynamics, and cytokine profile of effusive-constrictive pericarditis in patients with tuberculous pericardial effusion.

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    Mpiko Ntsekhe

    Full Text Available Effusive constrictive pericarditis (ECP is visceral constriction in conjunction with compressive pericardial effusion. The prevalence of proven tuberculous ECP is unknown. Whilst ECP is distinguished from effusive disease on hemodynamic grounds, it is unknown whether effusive-constrictive physiology has a distinct cytokine profile. We conducted a prospective study of prevalence and cytokine profile of effusive-constrictive disease in patients with tuberculous pericardial effusion.From July 2006 through July 2009, the prevalence of ECP and serum and pericardial levels of inflammatory cytokines were determined in adults with tuberculous pericardial effusion. The diagnosis of ECP was made by combined pericardiocentesis and cardiac catheterization.Of 91 patients evaluated, 68 had tuberculous pericarditis. The 36/68 patients (52.9%; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 41.2-65.4 with ECP were younger (29 versus 37 years, P=0.02, had a higher pre-pericardiocentesis right atrial pressure (17.0 versus 10.0 mmHg, P 15 mmHg (odds ratio [OR] = 48, 95%CI: 8.7-265; P 200 pg/ml (OR=10, 95%CI: 1.1, 93; P=0.04 were independently associated with ECP.Effusive-constrictive disease occurs in half of cases of tuberculous pericardial effusion, and is characterized by greater elevation in the pre-pericardiocentesis right atrial pressure and pericardial and serum IL-10 levels compared to patients with effusive non-constrictive tuberculous pericarditis.

  8. Prevalence, Hemodynamics, and Cytokine Profile of Effusive-Constrictive Pericarditis in Patients with Tuberculous Pericardial Effusion

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    Ntsekhe, Mpiko; Matthews, Kerryn; Syed, Faisal F.; Deffur, Armin; Badri, Motasim; Commerford, Patrick J.; Gersh, Bernard J.; Wilkinson, Katalin A.; Wilkinson, Robert J.; Mayosi, Bongani M.

    2013-01-01

    Background Effusive constrictive pericarditis (ECP) is visceral constriction in conjunction with compressive pericardial effusion. The prevalence of proven tuberculous ECP is unknown. Whilst ECP is distinguished from effusive disease on hemodynamic grounds, it is unknown whether effusive-constrictive physiology has a distinct cytokine profile. We conducted a prospective study of prevalence and cytokine profile of effusive-constrictive disease in patients with tuberculous pericardial effusion. Methods From July 2006 through July 2009, the prevalence of ECP and serum and pericardial levels of inflammatory cytokines were determined in adults with tuberculous pericardial effusion. The diagnosis of ECP was made by combined pericardiocentesis and cardiac catheterization. Results Of 91 patients evaluated, 68 had tuberculous pericarditis. The 36/68 patients (52.9%; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 41.2-65.4) with ECP were younger (29 versus 37 years, P=0.02), had a higher pre-pericardiocentesis right atrial pressure (17.0 versus 10.0 mmHg, P 15 mmHg (odds ratio [OR] = 48, 95%CI: 8.7-265; P 200 pg/ml (OR=10, 95%CI: 1.1, 93; P=0.04) were independently associated with ECP. Conclusion Effusive-constrictive disease occurs in half of cases of tuberculous pericardial effusion, and is characterized by greater elevation in the pre-pericardiocentesis right atrial pressure and pericardial and serum IL-10 levels compared to patients with effusive non-constrictive tuberculous pericarditis. PMID:24155965

  9. Diagnostic Potential of an Enzyme-Linked Immunospot Assay in Tuberculous Pericarditis

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    Bathoorn, E.; Limburg, A.; Bouwman, J. J.; Bossink, A. W.; Thijsen, S. F.

    Tuberculous pericarditis is a rare disease in developed countries. The diagnosis is difficult to set since there are no robust rapid tests, and culture of pericardial fluid for Mycobacterium tuberculosis is often negative. T-SPOT. TB, an enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISPOT) test, measures the gamma

  10. Prognostic Value of Initial Echocardiographic Features in Patients With Tuberculous Pericarditis

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    Choi, Hyung Oh; Shim, Tae Sun; Kim, Sang-Hyun; Jung, In-Hyun; Kang, Duk-Hyun; Song, Jae-Kwan

    2010-01-01

    Background and Objectives Tuberculous (TB) pericarditis is a major cause of constrictive pericarditis requiring pericardiectomy. We sought to determine initial prognostic factors in patients with TB pericarditis. Subjects and Methods We evaluated initial presentation and clinical outcomes (mean follow-up 32±27 months) in 60 consecutive patients newly diagnosed with TB pericarditis. Results Initial presentations were pericardial effusion (PE), effusive-constrictive pericarditis, and constrictive pericarditis in 45 (75%), 9 (15%), and 6 (10%) patients, respectively. Of the 54 patients without initial constrictive pericarditis, 32 (59%) showed echogenic materials in PE, including frond-like exudative coating and fibrinous strands. These patients had a longer disease duration before diagnosis, were initially more symptomatic, in a more advanced state, showed more persistent pericardial constrictions (38% vs. 0%, ppericarditis showed echogenic PE. Of the 60 total patients, 10 (17%) underwent pericardiectomies during follow-up. All of these patients showed initial pericardial constrictions, whereas no patient without initial pericardial constriction underwent pericardiectomy (ppericarditis. These results suggest that early diagnosis and prompt anti-TB medication may be critical. PMID:20830251

  11. Ga-67 SPECT finding in tuberculous pericarditis with mediastinal mass: A case report

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    Kim, Sung Eun; Hyun, In Young; Lee, Hong Lyeol; Kim, Hyung Jin; Chon, Won Sick [Inha University Hospital, Inchon (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-08-01

    We present a case of a 31 year-old male patient with tuberculous pericarditis with mediastinal mass that showed increased uptake on Gallium-67 image. Gallium-67 scan was performed to evaluate the activity of the superior mediastinal mass, which was detected on chest CT. A rim of Intense activity around the heart was observed, but increased uptake was not seen in the mediastinum. However, on maximal contrast-enhanced SPECT images, a small focus of faint uptake was observed in the superior mediastinum. This finding implied that there was an active tuberculosis in the pericardium and inflammation in the superior mediastinal mass. This case demonstrated that Gallium-67 scinitigraphy was helpful for the diagnosis of tuberculous pericarditis.

  12. A prospective investigation into the effect of colchicine on tuberculous pericarditis

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    Liebenberg, Jurgens; Dold, Catherine Jane; Olivier, Lourens Rasmus

    2016-01-01

    Summary Introduction Tuberculous (TB) pericarditis carries significant mortality and morbidity rates, not only during the primary infection, but also as part of the granulomatous scar-forming fibrocalcific constrictive pericarditis so commonly associated with this disease. Numerous therapies have previously been investigated as adjuvant strategies in the prevention of pericardial constriction. Colchicine is well described in the treatment of various aetiologies of pericarditis. The aim of this research was to investigate the merit for the use of colchicine in the management of tuberculous pericarditis, specifically to prevent constrictive pericarditis. Methods This pilot study was designed as a prospective, double-blinded, randomised, control cohort study and was conducted at a secondary level hospital in the Northern Cape of South Africa between August 2013 and December 2015. Patients with a probable or definite diagnosis of TB pericarditis were included (n = 33). Study participants with pericardial effusions amenable to pericardiocentesis underwent aspiration until dryness. All patients were treated with standard TB treatment and corticosteroids in accordance with the South African Tuberculosis Treatment Guidelines. Patients were randomised to an intervention and control group using a webbased computer system that ensured assignment concealment. The intervention group received colchicine 1.0 mg per day for six weeks and the control group received a placebo for the same period. Patients were followed up with serial echocardiography for 16 weeks. The primary outcome assessed was the development of pericardial constriction. Upon completion of the research period, the blinding was unveiled and data were presented for statistical analysis. Results TB pericarditis was found exclusively in HIV-positive individuals. The incidence of pericardial constriction in our cohort was 23.8%. No demonstrable benefit with the use of colchicine was found in terms of prevention of

  13. Pericarditis

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Is Pericarditis? Pericarditis (PER-i-kar-DI-tis) is a condition ... the layers. Figure B shows the heart with pericarditis. The inset image is an enlarged cross-section ...

  14. Pericarditis

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    Cumming, Gordon R.

    1981-01-01

    The autopsy frequency of pericarditis is two to six percent excluding uremic pericarditis and pericarditis secondary to myocardial infarction. The hospital incidence in adults is about one per 1000 admissions.7,8

  15. A Rare Case of Pneumopericardium in the Setting of Tuberculous Constrictive Pericarditis

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    Lauro L. Abrahan IV

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A 28-year-old Filipino male was admitted due to high-grade fevers and dyspnea on a background of chronic cough and weight loss. Due to clinical and echocardiographic signs of cardiac tamponade, emergency pericardiocentesis was performed on his first hospital day. Five days after, chest radiographs showed new pockets of radiolucency within the cardiac shadow, indicative of pneumopericardium. On repeat echo, air microbubbles admixed with loculated effusion were visualized in the anterior pericardial space. Constrictive physiology was also supported by a thickened pericardium, septal bounce, exaggerated respiratory variation in AV valve inflow, and IVC plethora. A chest CT scan confirmed the presence of an air-fluid level within the pericardial sac. The patient was started on a quadruple antituberculosis regimen and IV piperacillin-tazobactam to cover for superimposed acute bacterial pericarditis. Pericardiectomy was performed as definitive management, with stripped pericardium measuring 5–7 mm thick and caseous material extracted from the pericardial sac. Histopathology was consistent with tuberculosis. This report highlights pneumopericardium as a rare complication of pericardiocentesis. We focused on the utility of echocardiography for diagnosing and monitoring this condition on a background of tuberculous constrictive pericarditis, ultimately convincing us that pericardiectomy was necessary, instead of the usual conservative measures for pneumopericardium.

  16. Pericarditis

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    ... the pericarditis is long-lasting, comes back after treatment, or causes scarring or tightening of the tissue around the heart. ... disorder. The outcome is good if pericarditis is treated right ... continue. Scarring and thickening of the sac-like covering and ...

  17. Pericardial abscess occurring after tuberculous pericarditis: image morphology on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Gulati, G.S.; Sharma, S. E-mail: meetisv@vsnl.commeetisv@yahoo.com

    2004-06-01

    AIM: To study the image morphology on computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of pericardial abscess, an uncommon complication of tuberculous pericarditis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In a 9-year period, 120 patients with clinical and imaging features of constrictive pericarditis were retrospectively reviewed. Of them, 13 patients (age range, 1-51 years; seven females, six males), who had a pericardial mass on echocardiography, and were subjected to CT (11 patients) and MRI (7 patients), were included as subjects of the present study. Five patients underwent both the investigations. The intra-lesional morphology, location, extent, mass effect on adjacent cardiac chambers, secondary effects on the atria and venae cavae, and pericardial thickness were studied. Histopathological confirmation of tubercular infection was available in nine patients. In the remaining four patients, the diagnosis was based on typical extra-cardiac manifestations of tuberculosis. RESULTS: A total of 15 abscesses were detected. CT showed a lesion with a hypodense core and an enhancing rim in all patients. On spin-echo T1-weighted MRI, 57% of the paients had a lesion with a hyperintense core, suggesting an exudative process. Seventy-one percent of patients showed a lesion with a hyperintense core on T2-weighted MRI, while one lesion was hypointense. Post-gadolinium MRI was performed in two patients and showed an enhancing rim in both, with enhancing septa in one. The predominant site of involvement was in the right atrioventricular (AV) groove (77%). Localized tamponade, suggested by the presence of mass effect on an adjacent cardiac chamber, was noted in nine (69%) cases, with proximal atrial dilatation in 78% of them. Four other patients (31%) had atrial dilatation without a localized mass effect. CONCLUSION: Pericardial abscess is an uncommon complication of constrictive pericarditis. Tuberculosis was responsible for abscess formation in all cases in this study. The

  18. Blunt trauma as a suspected cause of delayed constrictive pericarditis: a case report

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    Arabia Francisco A

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Constrictive pericarditis is a heterogeneous disease with many causes. Traumatic hemopericardium is an uncommon initiating cause. We report the case of a man developing constrictive pericarditis after blunt chest trauma, in order to highlight an approach to diagnosing the condition and to raise awareness of the possibility of this condition developing after blunt trauma. Case presentation A 72-year-old Caucasian man presented initially to our outpatient clinic with a one-year history of progressively worsening dyspnea, and recent onset of edema of the legs. He was later taken to the emergency department and admitted to hospital. He had previously received unsuccessful treatment from his local primary physicians for suspected respiratory disorder and cellulitis of his legs. Echocardiography showed evidence of pericardial constriction, and computed tomography revealed nodular, lobulated thickening of the pericardium and pleura bilaterally. Interventional biopsies were taken, but gave inconclusive results. Thus, as pericarditis and/or advanced malignancy were suspected, diagnostic video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery was performed to take biopsies from the abnormal lung and pericardial tissue. Examination of these supported the diagnosis of pericarditis, as acute and chronic inflammation and fibrous thickening were found, with no evidence of malignancy. Our patient underwent cardiac catheterization, which revealed three-vessel coronary artery disease. Emergency total pericardiectomy and coronary bypass were performed. Having excluded other common initiating factors, we considered that a blunt trauma that our patient had previously sustained to his chest was the potential cause of the constrictive pericarditis. Conclusion This was an interesting case of blunt chest trauma followed by progressive pericardial and pleural thickening. Subsequent development of chronic constrictive pericarditis occurred, requiring treatment by

  19. Densely calcified tuberculous constrictive pericarditis with concurrent active pulmonary tuberculosis infection

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    S Laudari

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Though pulmonary tuberculosis is a common chronic infection in the developing countries like Nepal, the incidence of tubercular constrictive pericarditis is very low. Here we report a patient of active pulmonary tuberculosis with sputum positive for acid fast bacilli along with densely calcified constrictive pericarditis which has been reported as a very rare presentation in the literature.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jcmsn.v10i2.12955 Journal of College of Medical Sciences-Nepal, 2014, Vol.10(2; 41-43

  20. Diagnostic significance of ascites adenosine deaminase levels in suspected tuberculous peritonitis in adults

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    Anil Chander

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: There are contradictory reports about the use of adenosine deaminase (ADA as a diagnostic marker intuberculous peritonitis patients. Reports evaluating significance of ADA activity in the diagnosis of tuberculous peritonitisin adults are lacking in Nepal. We thus set out to investigate the ascitic fluid ADA levels in suspected tuberculousperitonitis patients and to determine the diagnostic significance of the test statistically.Methods: This study population comprised of two different adult patients groups. Group I - 35 suspected cases oftuberculous peritonitis and Group II - 35 cases of transudative ascites - the control group (patients with biochemicallyproved transudates or hypoproteinaemia and peritoneal tap was done. ADA estimation was carried out by spectrophotometry.Results: ADA levels (Mean ± SD in suspected tuberculous peritonitis and transudative ascites cases were 48.5±17.9U/L and 19.8±7.7 U/L respectively (P<0.001. In the receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve for ascites, ADA cut-offlevel of 41.5 U/L was found to yield the best results of differential diagnosis; sensitivity, specificity, positive predictivevalue, negative predictive value and accuracy of the test in tuberculous peritonitis cases were 80.0%, 97.2 %, 96.6%,82.9%, 88.6% respectively.Conclusion: ADA levels are elevated in suspected tuberculous peritonitis cases and it is a simple, rapid, inexpensiveand the least invasive test. It is thus a useful biochemical marker for the early diagnosis of tuberculous peritonitis whilewaiting for the results of mycobacterial cultures or biopsies. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2013; 3(3: 104-108Key words: adenosine deaminase, sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic significance, tuberculous peritonitis

  1. Pulmonary tuberculous and tuberculous pericardial tamponade post lung transplant.

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    Makdisi, George; Hooker, Robert; Caldeira, Christiano

    2017-08-01

    Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) associated with tuberculous pericarditis after lung transplantation is a very rare entity. Here we report a unique case of cardiac tamponade due to tuberculous pericarditis, in a patient 4 months after single right lung transplantation, the patient underwent a subxyphoid pericardial window. The pericardial effusion analysis showed exudate effusion with high level of lymphocyte concentration. Both patient and donor didn't have history of TB or TB Exposure.

  2. A Tuberculosis Pericarditis Case Admitted with Proteinuria and Widespread Edema

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    Cihangiroğlu, Mustafa; ARTAŞ, Hakan; Abdullah ÖZTÜRK; Demirçin, Mustafa; Çelik, İlhami; Bayındır, Yaşar

    2004-01-01

    Tuberculous pericarditis was diagnosed in a patient who was hospitalized for investigation of etiology of proteinuria, widespread edema, pericardial fluid and ascites. Fever and arythmia developed during clinical course, Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated from sputum, and pericardial fluid. Tuberculous pericarditis is a rare but life thereatening health problem. Because of initial clinical signs were proteinuria and widespread edema, this case was presented. In endemi...

  3. Objective CT criteria to determine the presence of abnormal basal enhancement in children with suspected tuberculous meningitis

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    Przybojewski, Stefan; Andronikou, Savvas [Stellenbosch University Medical School, Department of Radiology, P.O. Box 19063, Tygerberg (South Africa); Wilmshurst, Jo [Red Cross Children' s Hospital and School of Child and Adolescent Health, Department of Paediatric Neurology, Cape Town (South Africa)

    2006-07-15

    There are no widely accepted objective criteria to determine the presence of basal enhancement on CT in children with suspected tuberculous meningitis (TBM). To test nine recently described objective CT criteria for the presence of abnormal basal enhancement in children with suspected TBM against the definite diagnosis as determined by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture. CT scans of patients with a clinical suspicion of TBM who had undergone lumbar puncture for CSF culture spanning a period of 4 years were reviewed for the presence of nine recently described criteria for the presence of abnormal basal enhancement. The radiologists were blinded to the final diagnosis based on CSF culture against which the criteria were tested. The criteria have been named: the 'Y-sign', 'linear enhancement', 'double lines', 'infundibular recess of the third', 'ill-defined edge', 'nodular enhancement', 'join the dots', 'contrast filling the cisterns', and 'asymmetry'. A total of 65 patients were included in the study, 34 with culture-proven TBM and 31 with other diagnoses. Four individual criteria had a specificity of 100%, but the sensitivities of these criteria ranged from 15% to 53% only. Three other criteria had specificities of 97% and sensitivities ranging from 62% to 82%. The presence of more than one criterion in the same patient showed a specificity of 97% and sensitivity of 91%. Very high specificity was demonstrated for all nine criteria, including 100% specificity for four individual criteria. Sensitivity was at best 82%, but improved to 91% when more than one criterion was present. These criteria need to be tested for inter- and intraobserver variability to prove their clinical usefulness. (orig.)

  4. Prevalence of non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections among tuberculosis suspects in Nigeria.

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    Gambo Aliyu

    Full Text Available Nigeria is ranked in the top five countries for tuberculosis deaths worldwide. This study investigated the mycobacterial agents associated with presumptive clinical pulmonary tuberculosis (TB in Nigeria and evaluated the pattern and frequency of mycobacterial infections over twelve calendar months period.Sputum samples from 1,603 consecutive new cases with presumptive diagnosis of TB were collected from August 2010 to July 2011. All sputum samples were incubated for detection of mycobacterial growth and those with positive acid fast bacilli (AFB growth were tested to detect mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB complex and characterized to differentiate between MTB complex species. Cultures suggestive of Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections (NTM were sub-cultured and characterized.Of the 1,603 patients screened, 444 (28% culture-positive cases of pulmonary tuberculosis were identified. Of these, 375 (85% were due to strains of MTB complex (354 cases of M. tuberculosis, 20 M. africanum and one case of M. bovis and 69 (15% were due to infection with NTM. In contrast to the MTB complex cases, the NTM cases were more likely to have been diagnosed during the calendar months of the Harmattan dust season (OR = 2.34, 1.28-4.29; p = 0.01, and aged older than 35 years (OR = 2.77, 1.52-5.02, p = 0.0007, but less likely to have AFB identified on their sputum smear (OR = 0.06, 0.02-0.14, p<0.0001. Among those with NTM infection, cases 35 years or younger were more likely to have co-infection with HIV (3.76, 1.72-8.22; p = 0.0009 compared to those older than 35 years.The high proportion of younger patients with clinical pulmonary TB due to NTM and co-infection with HIV and the likely role of the seasonal dust exposure in the occurrence of the disease, present novel public health challenges for prevention and treatment.

  5. Purulent pericarditis.

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    Kennedy, C

    2012-01-31

    BACKGROUND: Bacterial pericarditis has become a clinical rarity since the onset of antimicrobial therapy, yet remains fatal in a large majority of cases. AIM: We present the case of a 57-year-old male, admitted with a short history of pleuritic chest pain and dyspnoea. Investigations led to diagnosis of pyopericardium, most likely secondary to fistulating thoracic malignancy. Despite maximum medical treatment this condition proved fatal. CONCLUSION: This case highlights the still unfortunately poor prognosis of purulent pericarditis in the antibiotic era. Underlying aetiological factors should be searched for and eliminated where possible when a diagnosis of purulent pericarditis is made.

  6. Tuberculous meningoencephalitis.

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    Muçaj, Sefedin; Dreshaj, Shemsedin; Kabashi, Serbeze; Hundozi, Hajrije; Gashi, Sanije; Zhjeqi, Valbona; Shala, Nexhmedin; Kryeziu, Manushaqe

    2010-01-01

    Tuberculous meningitis is an infection of the the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). Tuberculous meningitis is a major global health problem and is the most severe form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, with high rate mortality. Last years in Kosovo incidence of TB was decreased in less than 1000 cases per year and 10-20 cases per year of TB meningoencephalitis. Still Kosovo has limited numbers of TB. TBM is diagnosed on the basis of clinical features, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) studies, and radiological findings. Clinical picture, neurological status, anamnestic data, suspect (but not specific) lab tests, and imaging new methods, together can give very valuable help to clinicians for early adequate and successful treatment.

  7. Pericarditis tuberculosa

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    Daniel Echeverri

    2014-12-01

    La pericarditis tuberculosa puede considerarse como una manifestación infrecuente de la tuberculosis, con una morbilidad elevada y una mortalidad considerable, cuya probabilidad disminuye si hay un diagnóstico oportuno y se instaura un tratamiento efectivo temprano. Aunque se han sugerido varios criterios diagnósticos para la pericarditis tuberculosa, su diagnóstico definitivo puede implicar varios desafíos técnicos.

  8. Cardiac tamponade mimicking tuberculous pericarditis as the initial presentation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in a 58-year-old woman: a case report

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    Nathan Sandeep

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is an indolent disease that often presents with complaints of lymphadenopathy or is detected as an incidental laboratory finding. It is rarely considered in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with tamponade or a large, bloody pericardial effusion. In patients without known cancer, a large, bloody pericardial effusion raises the possibility of tuberculosis, particularly in patients from endemic areas. However, the signs, symptoms and laboratory findings of pericarditis related to chronic lymphocytic leukemia can mimic tuberculosis. Case Presentation We report the case of a 58-year-old African American-Nigerian woman with a history of travel to Nigeria and a positive tuberculin skin test who presented with cardiac tamponade. She had a mild fever, lymphocytosis and a bloody pericardial effusion, but cultures and stains were negative for acid-fast bacteria. Assessment of blood by flow cytometry and pericardial biopsy by immunohistochemistry revealed CD5 (+ and CD20 (+ lymphocytes in both tissues, demonstrating this to be an unusual manifestation of early stage chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Conclusion Although most malignancies that involve the pericardium clinically manifest elsewhere before presenting with tamponade, this case illustrates the potential for early stage chronic lymphocytic leukemia to present as a large pericardial effusion with tamponade. Moreover, the presentation mimicked tuberculosis. This case also demonstrates that it is possible to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia-related pericardial tamponade by removal of the fluid without chemotherapy.

  9. Recurrent pericarditis.

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    Imazio, M; Battaglia, A; Gaido, L; Gaita, F

    2017-05-01

    Recurrent pericarditis is the most troublesome complication of pericarditis occurring in 15 to 30% of cases. The pathogenesis is often presumed to be immune-mediated although a specific rheumatologic diagnosis is commonly difficult to find. The clinical diagnosis is based on recurrent pericarditis chest pain and additional objective evidence of disease activity (e.g. pericardial rub, ECG changes, pericardial effusion, elevation of markers of inflammation, and/or imaging evidence of pericardial inflammation by CT or cardiac MR). The mainstay of medical therapy for recurrent pericarditis is aspirin or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) plus colchicine. Second-line therapy is considered after failure of such treatments and it is generally based on low to moderate doses of corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone 0.2 to 0.5 mg/kg/day or equivalent) plus colchicine. More difficult cases are treated with combination of aspirin or NSAID, colchicine and corticosteroids. Refractory cases are managed by alternative medical options, including azathioprine, or intravenous human immunoglobulins or biological agents (e.g. anakinra). When all medical therapies fail, the last option may be surgical by pericardiectomy to be recommended in well-experienced centres. Despite a significant impairment of the quality of life, the most common forms of recurrent pericarditis (usually named as "idiopathic recurrent pericarditis" since without a well-defined etiological diagnosis) have good long-term outcomes with a negligible risk of developing constriction and rarely cardiac tamponade during follow-up. The present article reviews current knowledge on the definition, diagnosis, aetiology, therapy and prognosis of recurrent pericarditis with a focus on the more recent available literature. Copyright © 2016 Société Nationale Française de Médecine Interne (SNFMI). Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

  10. How Is Pericarditis Treated?

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Is Pericarditis Treated? Most cases of pericarditis are mild; they clear up on their own ... steroid medicine). If an infection is causing your pericarditis, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic or other ...

  11. Acute Purulent Tuberculosis Pericarditis with Cardiac Tamponade: a Case Report.

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculosis is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Pulmonary localization is the most frequent. However, pericardial including extra- pulmonary disease, can cause fatal complications. A 37 years old man , without pathological history , who consults for emergency mid-thoracic pain associated with dyspnea, preceded by 10 days before a febrile syndrome with night sweats. Clinical examination showed patient in poor general condition, dyspneic and tachycardia. Cardiovascular examination showed spontaneous jugular veins and painful hepatomegaly, auscultation showed muted heart sounds without pericardial friction and breathless. Chest radiography showed cardiomegaly with symmetric edge straightness, electrocardiogram showed sinus tachycardia at 125bpm, microvoltage and electric alternating QRS complexes. A diffuse ST elevation ascending .Diagnosis of tamponade is suspected, transthoracic echocardiography showed abundance circumferential pericardial effusion measuring 40mm, with prolonged collapse of the right atrium and right ventricle , paradoxical septum , and significant changes in the flow inspiration. Pericardiocentesis ultrasound-guided has allowed a gradual evacuation of 2 liters of a cloudy yellow pericardial fluid, slightly viscous. Direct examination revealed the presence of 14 400 white cells, 99 % are neutrophils with gram-negative bacilli. Research bacillus by PCR and culture in the middle of LOWENSTEIN, later returned negative. Biologically, it is an important infectious syndrome. Taking into account the epidemiological profile of the country, diagnosis tuberculous primary infection tamponade was certain. quadruple anti- tuberculous treatment associated to corticosteroid therapy is instituted, The outcome was good, the patient was asymptomatic, with complete remission, echocardiography control finds no signs suggesting chronic constrictive pericarditis.

  12. [Diagnostics and therapy of pericarditis and pericardial effusion].

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    Maisch, B; Ristić, A D

    2014-11-01

    This article describes the diagnostics, differential diagnostics, multimodal imaging, medicinal and invasive diagnostic therapy of acute and chronic pericarditis, constrictive pericarditis, pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade under etiological aspects and on the basis of the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The starting point of the decision tree is the symptomatic patient with echocardiographic evidence of pericardial effusion. The principle feature of the diagnostics is the etiopathogenetic allocation of the pericardial disease which influences the clinical picture, course therapy and prognosis. Infectious pericarditis (e.g. viral, bacterial and tuberculous) is differentiated from sterile autoreactive pericarditis and from neoplastic pericardial effusion by the cytology of the effusion and immunohistological and molecular investigations of the pericardial and epicardial biopsies. Pericardioscopy plays an important role in the recognition of suspicious areas. In many cases intrapericardial administration of cisplatin for neoplastic pericardial effusion and instillation of triamcinolone for autoreactive pericarditis prevent recurrence just as a treatment of several months with colchicine.

  13. [Medical pericarditis: study of 19 cases].

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    Lamamie de Clairac Delgado, P; Ulloa Santamaría, E; García García, S; Rubio Vidal, M D; Delgado Domínguez, M A; Goded Rimbau, F; Cordovilla Zurdo, G

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    19 cases of medical pericarditis admitted to the PICU from 1978 to 1989 were reviewed, to asses the diagnostic and therapeutical approach. The overall incidence is low, 0.32% of the patients admitted to the PICU in that time period. We have found neither tuberculous nor purulent pericarditis, with a 42% of idiopatic forms. Echocardiography was the best method for syndromic diagnosis. The ethiological diagnosis of pericarditis was made, in most cases, by means of non invasive methods or in association with the underlying disease. The cualitative analysis of the pericardial fluid was not useful for the ethiological diagnosis, therefore, we suggest pericardiocentesis should be performed mainly as a therapeutical tool. There were no correlation between the amount of fluid obtained on the first pericardiocentesis and the later incidence of the pericardial effusion. Biopsy brought no ethiological specificity in the cases it was performed.

  14. Constrictive pericarditis (image)

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    Constrictive pericarditis is a disorder caused by inflammation of the pericardium, the sac-like covering of the heart. Eventual ... heart, resulting in symptoms of heart failure. Constrictive pericarditis may be life threatening if untreated.

  15. Constrictive Pericarditis as a Never Ending Story: What's New?

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    2012-01-01

    Nowadays, we have a better understanding of the natural history of constrictive pericarditis such as transient constriction. In addition, we have acquired the correct understanding of hemodynamic features that are unique to constrictive pericarditis. This understanding has allowed us to diagnose constrictive pericarditis reliably with Doppler echocardiography and differentiation between constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy is no longer a clinical challenge. The advent of imaging modalities such as CT or MR is another advance in the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. We can accurately measure pericardial thickness and additional information such as the status of coronary artery and the presence of myocardial fibrosis can be obtained. We no longer perform cardiac catheterization for the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. However, these advances are useless unless we suspect and undergo work-up for constrictive pericarditis. In constrictive pericarditis, the most important diagnostic tool is clinical suspicion. In a patient with signs and symptoms of increased systemic venous pressure i.e. right sided heart failure, that are disproportionate to pulmonary or left sided heart disease, possibility of constrictive pericarditis should always be included in the differential diagnosis. PMID:22493608

  16. PERICARDITIS TUBERCULOSA A FORMA DE DERRAME PERICÁRDICO. REPORTE DE CASO

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    Caridad Nurquez Gómez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous pericarditis is the main cause of pericardial effusion in Africa. A case of pericarditis tuberculous as a pericardial effusion is presented in a 13 year-old boy from Angola. He was admitted to Intensive Care Unit due to cardiac tamponade. A blind percutaneous pericarddiocentesis was perfomed at the emergency roon.This studies perfomed are explained as well as the treatment prescribed. The evolution of the patient was positive in the period staying at the hospital and in the follow up one.

  17. Post-MI pericarditis (image)

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    Post-MI pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium (the sac-like covering of the heart). Any previous injury to the heart muscle can cause pericarditis. Incidences of pericarditis are associated with Dressler's syndrome, ...

  18. Contemporary trends in the epidemiology and management of cardiomyopathy and pericarditis in sub‐Saharan Africa

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    Mayosi, Bongani M

    2007-01-01

    Heart failure in sub‐Saharan Africans is mainly due to non‐ischaemic causes, such as hypertension, rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathy and pericarditis. The two endemic diseases that are major contributors to the clinical syndrome of heart failure in Africa are cardiomyopathy and pericarditis. The major forms of endemic cardiomyopathy are idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, peripartum cardiomyopathy and endomyocardial fibrosis. Endomyocardial fibrosis, which affects children, has the worst prognosis. Other cardiomyopathies have similar epidemiological characteristics to those of other populations in the world. HIV infection is associated with occurrence of HIV‐associated cardiomyopathy in patients with advanced immunosuppression, and the rise in the incidence of tuberculous pericarditis. HIV‐associated tuberculous pericarditis is characterised by larger pericardial effusion, a greater frequency of myopericarditis, and a higher mortality than in people without AIDS. Population‐based studies on the epidemiology of heart failure, cardiomyopathy and pericarditis in Africans, and studies of new interventions to reduce mortality, particularly in endomyocardial fibrosis and tuberculous pericarditis, are needed. PMID:17890693

  19. Acute Primary Pneumococcal Purulent Pericarditis With Cardiac Tamponade

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    Patel, Hiren; Patel, Charmi; Soni, Mrugesh; Patel, Amit; Banda, Venkat

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Bacterial pericarditis is a rapidly progressive and highly fatal infection, and is often diagnosed postmortem in half of the cases. Even with drainage and antibiotics, the mortality rate is high. Gram-positive cocci, specifically Streptococcus penumoniae, have been the most common cause of bacterial pericarditis with a preceding primary site of infection. Following the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s and more recently the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, the incidence has drastically decreased. We describe an extremely rare case of primary streptococcus pneumoniae purulent pericarditis that presented with cardiac tamponade. The patient was successfully treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics and urgent pericardiocentesis. Due to the high mortality rate with purulent pericarditis, a high index of suspicion is needed when acute pericarditis is suspected for early diagnosis to instate appropriate therapy with antibiotics and drainage. PMID:26469910

  20. Tuberculous uveitis

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    Tunji Sunday OluleyeRetina and Vitreous Unit, Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, NigeriaAbstract: Tuberculous uveitis is an underdiagnosed form of uveitis. Absence of pulmonary signs and symptoms does not rule out the disease. In an era of reduced immunity from human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, the disease is becoming more prevalent. This review discusses the common manifestations of tuberculous uveitis, pointing out helpful di...

  1. Colchicine for pericarditis.

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    Alabed, Samer; Cabello, Juan B; Irving, Greg J; Qintar, Mohammed; Burls, Amanda

    2014-08-28

    Pericarditis is the inflammation of the pericardium, the membranous sac surrounding the heart. Recurrent pericarditis is the most common complication of acute pericarditis, causing severe and disabling chest pains. Recurrent pericarditis affects one in three patients with acute pericarditis within the first 18 months. Colchicine has been suggested to be beneficial in preventing recurrent pericarditis. To review all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that assess the effects of colchicine alone or combined, compared to any other intervention to prevent further recurrences of pericarditis, in people with acute or recurrent pericarditis. We searched the following bibliographic databases on 4 August 2014: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL, Issue 7 of 12, 2014 on The Cochrane Library), MEDLINE (OVID, 1946 to July week 4, 2014), EMBASE (OVID, 1947 to 2014 week 31), and the Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science on Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) 1990 to 1 Aug 2014. We did not apply any language or time restrictions. RCTs of people with acute or recurrent pericarditis who are receiving colchicine compared to any other treatment, in order to prevent recurrences. Two review authors independently selected trials for inclusion, extracted data and assessed the risk of bias. The first primary outcome was the time to recurrence, measured by calculating the hazard ratios (HRs). The second primary outcome was the adverse effects of colchicine. Secondary outcomes were the rate of recurrences at 6, 12 and 18 months, and symptom relief. We included four RCTs, involving 564 participants in this review. We compared the effects of colchicine in addition to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen, aspirin or indomethacin to the effects of the NSAID alone. Two comparable trials studied the effects of colchicine in 204 participants with recurrent pericarditis and two trials studied 360 people with acute pericarditis. All trials had a

  2. Case of constrictive pericarditis demonstrated specific change by /sup 99m/Tc cardiac SPECT

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    Morishita, Takeshi; Kawamura, Yasuaki; Okuzumi, Ichio; Okamoto, Kiyoshi; Wakakura, Manabu; Muto, Toshinori; Yamazaki, Junichi

    1987-11-01

    Pericardial diseases were mainly studied by ultrasound cardiography and CT. And there are few reports about the application of SPECT on pericardial diseases. Recently we experienced a case with pericardial diseases diagnosed clearly using SPECT method. This case was considered tuberculous constrictive pericarditis by the conventional methods. A specific cold area surrounding left ventricle was an important finding for the diagnosis of pericardial disease.

  3. Etiology of Pericarditis in a Prospective Cohort of 1162 Cases.

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    Gouriet, Frédérique; Levy, Pierre-Yves; Casalta, Jean-Paul; Zandotti, Christine; Collart, Frédéric; Lepidi, Hubert; Cautela, Jennifer; Bonnet, Jean Louis; Thuny, Franck; Habib, Gilbert; Raoult, Didier

    2015-07-01

    Pericarditis is a common disorder that is present in various pathologies and may be the first manifestation of an underlying systemic disease. The aims of this study were to describe the different causes of infectious and noninfectious pericarditis and compare them with those in the literature. Between May 2007 and September 2012, we prospectively evaluated a strategy using a systematic prescription of tests for the different etiological causes of pericarditis in patients with acute pericarditis who were hospitalized in the Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Department or admitted to the Emergency Department (University Hospital of Marseille). A total of 1162 patients with suspected pericarditis were included. A standardized diagnosis procedure was performed for 800 patients, and 362 had pericardiocentesis. Acute pericarditis was diagnosed in 933 patients. No diagnosis was established in 516 patients (55%), 197 patients suffered from postinjury syndromes, and 156 had previously known diseases that were associated with pericarditis. Our survey allowed us to relate the probable cause of pericarditis in 64 cases. An infectious etiological diagnosis was established in 53 cases. In our study, postinjury syndrome was the leading cause of pericarditis, a new diagnosis was made in 6.7% of cases, and 16% of the diagnoses were linked to a secondary, underlying disease. Using this strategy, we were able to reduce the number of idiopathic cases. In many cases, the etiologies were still identified. Long-term follow-up in the management of idiopathic pericarditis should remain of great interest for the future diagnosis of other disorders that remain hidden. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Pericarditis mimicking Brugada syndrome.

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    Monti, Manuel; Olivi, Giulia; Francavilla, Francesca; Borgognoni, Francesco

    2017-04-01

    Brugada syndrome (BrS) is a genetic heart disorder due to alteration of the ion channels function that causes an impaired in the cardiac conduction system. It is characterized by an abnormal electrocardiogram pattern and may be complicated by malignant ventricular arrhythmias. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium and 90% of isolated cases of acute pericarditis are idiopathic or viral. Acute pericarditis may appears with chest pain, fever, pericardial friction rub, and cardiac tamponade. Moreover, widespread ST segment changes occur due to involvement of the underlying epicardium. A 27-year-old man was admitted to the Emergency Department of the …. Hospital due to fatigue and chest discomfort. Laboratory findings showed that WBC count and C-reactive protein were increased. Echocardiographic finding was normal. The patient was admitted with a diagnosis of pericarditis. Electrocardiogram (ECG) showed a "saddle back"-type ST elevation in leads V2, recognised as type 2 Brugada pattern. The ECG normalized within a few days after the beginning of anti-inflammatory therapy and the follow-up was uneventful. Based on findings in our patient and data from literature, we hypothesize that the patient developed a Brugada ECG pattern due the pericarditis. Our case report shows that the pericarditis may mimic BrS. Moreover, it is important to underline that a Brugada ECG pattern should only be considered as a sign of electrical heart disease but detailed diagnostic tests are anyway needed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Surgical treatment for incessant pericarditis

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    Hota, Susy S; Chow, ChiMing; Bonneau, Daniel; Chisholm, Robert J

    2009-01-01

    A case of chronic relapsing pericarditis is presented in which all forms of medical therapy failed. Pericardectomy was performed as a last resort, with complete resolution of symptoms. Incessant pericarditis, as distinguished from recurrent intermittent pericarditis, may respond favourably to surgical removal, especially in the presence of recurrent pericardial effusion. PMID:19279984

  6. The role of CT in the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis

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    Cheo, Kyu Ok; Lee, Chan Wha; Choi, Hyung Sik [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1993-07-15

    Constrictive pericarditis is caused by fibrosis of the pericardium leading to decease in ventricular compliance. The diagnosis is often delayed due to nonspecific signs and symptoms. The authors experienced eight cases of constrictive percarditis detected on chest CT scan while being treated for considerable length of time under the clinical impressions of intrathoracic tumor, tuberculous pleural effusion, liver cirrhosis, etc. Constrictive hemodynamics of these patients were confirmed by echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization. Among them five cases were due to tuberculous. In four cases with pathologically proven tuberculous granuloma, the pericadium was markedly thickened and intensely enhanced. Associated pericardial effusion (n=3), and mediastinal lymphadenitis (n=3) were present, but pericardial calcifications were not seen. On the other hand, the fibrosis group (n=3) displayed mild pericardial thickening. All the three patients showed pericardial calcification, mild or absent enhancement of pericardium, but no mediastinal lymphadenitis. The cardiovascular changes such as inferior or superior vena caval distension, left ventriccular deformity, interventricular septumangulation, and biatrial enlargements were more severe than those in patients with active granuloma. In patients with constrictive pericarditis with nonspecific signs and symptoms, CT scan is very helpful in making the diagnosis and can give information about the evolution of the disease.

  7. Clinical review: Intrapericardial fibrinolysis in management of purulent pericarditis

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    2011-01-01

    Purulent pericarditis (PP) is a potentially life-threatening disease. Reported mortality rates are between 20 and 30%. Constrictive pericarditis occurs over the course of PP in at least 3.5% of cases. The frequency of persistent PP (chronic or recurrent purulent pericardial effusion occurring despite drainage and adequate antibiotherapy) is unknown because this entity was not previously classified as a complication of PP. No consensus exists on the optimal management of PP. Nevertheless, the cornerstone of PP management is complete eradication of the focus of infection. In retrospective studies, compared to simple drainage, systematic pericardiectomy provided a prevention of constrictive pericarditis with better clinical outcome. Because of potential morbidity associated with pericardiectomy, intrapericardial fibrinolysis has been proposed as a less invasive method for prevention of persistent PP and constrictive pericarditis. Experimental data demonstrate that fibrin formation, which occurs during the first week of the disease, is an essential step in the evolution to constrictive pericarditis and persistent PP. We reviewed the literature using the MEDLINE database. We evaluated the clinical efficacy, outcome, and complications of pericardial fibrinolysis. Seventy-four cases of fibrinolysis in PP were analysed. Pericarditis of tuberculous origin were excluded. Among the 40 included cases, only two treated by late fibrinolysis encountered failure requiring pericardiectomy. No patient encountered clinical or echocardiographic features of constriction during follow-up. Only one serious complication was described. Despite the lack of definitive evidence, potential benefits of fibrinolysis as a less invasive alternative to surgery in the management of PP seem promising. Early consideration should be given to fibrinolysis in order to prevent both constrictive and persistent PP. Nevertheless, in case of failure of fibrinolysis, pericardiectomy remains the primary option

  8. Clozapine-Induced Pericarditis

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    The chief clinical symptoms described were shortness of breath, heart palpitations/pains, diminished endurance, and thoracic pains. In the majority of cases, electrocardiographic changes, pericardial effusion, pleural effusion and nonspecific signs of inflammation were found. We report a case of pericarditis associated with.

  9. Cytomegalovirus en pericarditis

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    Beekhuis, Johan Willem

    1976-01-01

    Dit proefschrift beschrijft een onderzoek naar de aetiologische betekenis van enkele virussen, in het bijzonder van cytomegalovirus (CMV) voor verschillende vormen van pericarditis. CMV-infecties worden merendeels in de adolescentie en op volwassen leeftijd doorgemaakt en kunnen aanleiding geven tot

  10. Acute pericarditis with cardiac tamponade induced by pacemaker implantation.

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    Shingaki, Masami; Kobayashi, Yutaka; Suzuki, Haruo

    2015-11-01

    An 87-year-old woman was diagnosed with third-degree atrioventricular block and underwent pacemaker implantation. On postoperative day 12, she experienced cardiac tamponade that was suspected on computed tomography to be caused by lead perforation; therefore, we performed open-heart surgery. However, we could not identify a perforation site on the heart, and drained a 400-mL exudative pericardial effusion. Subsequently, we diagnosed the pericardial effusion as due to pericarditis induced by pacemaker implantation. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish pericarditis from pacemaker lead perforation, so both should be included in the differential diagnosis. © The Author(s) 2014.

  11. Acute Primary Pneumococcal Purulent Pericarditis With Cardiac Tamponade: A Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Patel, Hiren; Patel, Charmi; Soni, Mrugesh; Patel, Amit; Banda, Venkat

    2015-10-01

    Bacterial pericarditis is a rapidly progressive and highly fatal infection, and is often diagnosed postmortem in half of the cases. Even with drainage and antibiotics, the mortality rate is high. Gram-positive cocci, specifically Streptococcus penumoniae, have been the most common cause of bacterial pericarditis with a preceding primary site of infection. Following the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s and more recently the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, the incidence has drastically decreased.We describe an extremely rare case of primary streptococcus pneumoniae purulent pericarditis that presented with cardiac tamponade. The patient was successfully treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics and urgent pericardiocentesis.Due to the high mortality rate with purulent pericarditis, a high index of suspicion is needed when acute pericarditis is suspected for early diagnosis to instate appropriate therapy with antibiotics and drainage.

  12. Chylous ascites and chylothorax due to constrictive pericarditis in a patient infected with HIV: a case report

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    Summachiwakij Sarawut

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Chylothorax and chylous ascites are uncommon and usually associated with trauma or neoplasms. To the best of our knowledge, constrictive pericarditis leading to chylothorax and chylous ascites in a person infected with HIV has never previously been described. Case presentation A 39-year-old Thai man was referred to our institute with progressive dyspnea, edema and abdominal distension. His medical history included HIV infection and pulmonary tuberculosis that was complicated by tuberculous pericarditis and cardiac tamponade. Upon further investigation, we found constrictive pericarditis, chylothorax and chylous ascites. A pericardiectomy was performed which resulted in gradual resolution of the ascites and chylous effusion. Conclusions Although constrictive pericarditis is an exceptionally rare cause of chylothorax and chylous ascites, it should nonetheless be considered in the differential diagnosis as a potentially reversible cause.

  13. Fibrinous pericarditis and pericardial effusion in three neonatal foals.

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    Armstrong, S K; Raidal, S L; Hughes, K J

    2014-10-01

    Three foals, aged between 5 and 10 days, were presented for assessment of lethargy, abdominal pain and joint effusion. Fibrinous pericarditis and pericardial effusion (PE) were recognised in each foal and considered as sequelae to systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and suspected or confirmed septicaemia. Diagnosis of pericarditis was made in two foals by echocardiographic examination and analysis of pericardial fluid, and during postmortem examination of the third foal. In both of the foals that underwent pericardiocentesis, PE was an exudate, no bacteria were identified on cytological analysis and bacterial culture was negative. Despite apparent response to treatment, two foals died 2 and 3 weeks, respectively, after discharge from hospital. One foal was euthanased during hospitalisation. This report highlights the need to consider the development of pericarditis and PE in foals with SIRS and signs of cardiorespiratory dysfunction, and the requirement for protracted follow-up to monitor for clinical resolution. © 2014 Australian Veterinary Association.

  14. Clinical manifestation, diagnosis, management, and treatment outcome of pericarditis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Buppajamrntham, Tanas; Palavutitotai, Nattawan; Katchamart, Wanruchada

    2014-12-01

    To investigate the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, etiology, management, and outcomes of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and pericarditis The authors retrospectively reviewed the records of 81 patients who were diagnosed of SLE according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria and had 82 episodes of pericarditis between 2002 and 2010. The diagnosis of pericarditis was defined as the presence of pericardial effusion alone by echocardiography or having 2 out of 4 of the following criteria: retrosternal pain, pericardial friction rub, widespread ST-segment elevation, and new/worsening pericardial effusion. Most of them (92%) were female with the median disease duration (range) of 1 (0-312) month. Cardiac tamponade occurred in 16% (95% CI 8.72-25.58%). There was no statistically significant difference between patients who developed tamponade and those who did not. The causes ofpericarditis included active SLE (93%), and suspected tuberculosis (TB) (5%), with 2% inconclusive. In patients with lupus pericarditis, 71% had other active organ involvement. Most lupus pericarditis patients (79%) had good response to steroid or NSAIDs. Diagnosis of TB pericarditis was made by clinical suspicion without microbiological or pathological evidence. In an endemic area of TB, lupus pericarditis was still the most common cause of pericarditis in SLE. Most patients responded well to steroid.

  15. Pericarditis as complication of appendicitis.

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    Tan, E.C.T.H.; Rieu, P.N.M.A.; Nijveld, A.; Backx, A.P.C.M.; Meis, J.F.G.M.; Severijnen, R.S.V.M.

    2004-01-01

    Pericarditis as a complication of appendicitis is a rare event. In a 25-year period we encountered two pediatric cases with this severe complication due to (a)typical presentation of appendicitis resulting in small bowel obstruction, intraabdominal abscesses, constrictive pericarditis, and purulent

  16. Purulent Pericarditis with Salmonella enterica Subspecies arizona in a Patient with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

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    Suzuki, Ai; Tanaka, Takamitsu; Ohba, Kenji; Ito, Naomi; Sakai, Yuki; Kaneko, Akane; Machii, Masashi; Nonaka, Daishi; Goto, Yoshie; Takase, Hiroyuki

    2017-08-15

    Purulent pericarditis is a life-threatening disorder, even in the modern antibiotic era. Although diabetes mellitus is known to be associated with an increased risk of multiple types of infections, purulent pericarditis is extremely rare. We herein report an unusual case of pericarditis caused by Salmonella enterica subspecies arizona that was not associated with any evident underlying immunosuppressive disorder apart from uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus. Because a pet snake was suspected as being the source of infection in the present case, patient education and a detailed review of exposure history could play an important role in treating patients with diabetes mellitus.

  17. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pericarditis?

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    ... Twitter. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pericarditis? The most common sign of acute pericarditis is ... legs and hypotension (low blood pressure). Complications of Pericarditis Two serious complications of pericarditis are cardiac tamponade ( ...

  18. [Purulent pericarditis: a rare diagnosis].

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    Ferreira dos Santos, Luís; Moreira, Davide; Ribeiro, Pedro; Rodrigues, Bruno; Correia, Emanuel; Nunes, Luís; Sequeira, Miguel; Albuquerque, Ana; Barros, Inês; Saraiva, José Pedro; Santos, Oliveira

    2013-09-01

    The authors present two cases of purulent pericarditis secondary to pneumococcus pneumonia, a rare entity in the antibiotic era, one of them in an apparently healthy person. A systematized diagnostic approach to moderate pericardial effusion is presented, together with a review of purulent pericarditis. The presence of pericardial effusion with persistent fever with or without known etiology, particularly in the immunocompromised but also in the apparently healthy patient, should always raise the possibility of purulent pericarditis. Copyright © 2011 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  19. Purulent Pericarditis: An Uncommon Presentation of a Common Organism.

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    Kashif, Muhammad; Raiyani, Henish; Niazi, Masooma; Gayathri, Kamalakkannan; Vakde, Trupti

    2017-04-06

    BACKGROUND In the modern antibiotic era, Streptococcus agalactiae infection of the endocardium and pericardial space is a rare occurrence. However, once the disease spreads it can lead to life-threatening illness despite advances in diagnostic and treatment modalities, partly because the symptoms and signs associated with pericarditis are frequently missing, and due to the rarity of the disease, diagnosis is often overlooked. We report an extremely rare case of purulent pericarditis caused by Streptococcus agalactiae. CASE REPORT A 65-year-old diabetic woman presented with generalized weakness, high-grade fever, and altered mental status. There were no signs or symptoms suggestive of cardiac tamponade on presentation. A computerized tomography (CT) scan of the chest showed a small pericardial effusion. She was managed for diabetic ketoacidosis and sepsis. An electrocardiogram was significant for new-onset atrial fibrillation. Her clinical status deteriorated rapidly as she developed acute hypoxic respiratory failure and shock. A bedside echocardiogram showed large pericardial effusion around the right ventricle and right ventricular diastolic collapse. She developed cardiac arrest, and during resuscitation bedside pericardiocentesis was done with drainage of 15 cc of serosanguineous fluid. However, the patient could not be revived. Subsequently, blood cultures grew Streptococcus agalactiae a day after she died. On autopsy, she was found to have findings of infective endocarditis and purulent pericarditis. CONCLUSIONS A high index of clinical suspicion is crucial when acute pericarditis is suspected, for early diagnosis and for timely initiation of appropriate therapy with antibiotics and aggressive pericardial drainage to prevent fatal outcome.

  20. Acute pericarditis: diagnosis and management.

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    Snyder, Matthew J; Bepko, Jennifer; White, Merima

    2014-04-01

    Acute pericarditis, inflammation of the pericardium, is found in approximately 5% of patients admitted to the emergency department for chest pain unrelated to acute myocardial infarction. It occurs most often in men 20 to 50 years of age. Acute pericarditis has a number of potential etiologies including infection, acute myocardial infarction, medication use, trauma to the thoracic cavity, and systemic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. However, most etiologic evaluations are inconclusive. Patients with acute pericarditis commonly present with acute, sharp, retrosternal chest pain that is relieved by sitting or leaning forward. A pericardial friction rub is found in up to 85% of patients. Classic electrocardiographic changes include widespread concave upward ST-segment elevation without reciprocal T-wave inversions or Q waves. First-line treatment includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and colchicine. Glucocorticoids are traditionally reserved for severe or refractory cases, or in cases when the cause of pericarditis is likely connective tissue disease, autoreactivity, or uremia. Cardiology consultation is recommended for patients with severe disease, those with pericarditis refractory to empiric treatment, and those with unclear etiologies.

  1. Bilateral tuberculate supernumerary teeth.

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    Eigbobo, Joycelyn Odegua; Osagbemiro, Babatope Bamidele

    2011-05-16

    Supernumerary teeth are teeth in excess of the normal series occurring in any region of the dental arch. They are located mostly in the anterior maxillary region and are classified according to their location and morphology. The tuberculate type of supernumerary tooth possesses more than one cusp or tubercle (barrel shaped). It is rare to find bilateral tuberculate supernumerary teeth in the premaxillary region and when found they rarely erupt. This report describes a 13-year-old boy with erupted palatally placed bilateral tuberculate supernumerary teeth. The presence of these supernumerary teeth led to the labial displacement and rotations of the anterior maxillary teeth. The treatment involved extraction of the supernumerary teeth and a referral for orthodontic management of the crowding, displacement and rotations. The occurrence of erupted palatally placed tuberculate anterior teeth in this case is a rare experience. However, the associated orthodontic problems are within familiar spectrum.

  2. TUBERCULOUS ADENITIS FNAC

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    Of the 101 patients, 46 (45.5%) were males and 55 (54.5%) were females. The mean age was 29.5 years (range = 7 months to 76 years). Fifty-three (52.5%) patients had tuberculous adenitis while 48 (47.5%) had non-tuberculous lymph node enlargement. Of the 53 patients with TB adenitis, 25 (47.2%) were males while 28 ...

  3. Hydralazine-induced constrictive pericarditis

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    Franssen, CFC; ElGamal, MIH; Gans, ROB; Hoorntje, SJ

    A 59-year-old man was diagnosed as having constrictive pericarditis 17 months after a typical hydralazine-induced autoimmune syndrome, This late complication of hydralazine has been reported only once. Ten years later the patient was found to have anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies directed

  4. Tuberculous Peroneal Tenosynovitis

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    Yu Chung Wong

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Musculoskeletal tuberculosis accounts for 1–5% of all cases of tuberculosis. Tuberculous tenosynovitis is an uncommon form of musculoskeletal tuberculosis occurring primarily in the hands and wrists and is rarely reported in the tendons of the feet. A case of tuberculous peroneal tenosynovitis is reported. Although tuberculosis is an uncommon cause of tenosynovitis, particularly in the foot, it should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients suffering from persistent swelling and pain in the hind foot, especially in countries where tuberculosis is prevalent.

  5. Constrictive Pericarditis Associated with Atypical Antipsychotics

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    Kuan-chin Jean Chen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the successful surgical intervention in a case of constrictive pericarditis after long-term use of atypical antipsychotics. Pericarditis developed in our patient with a longstanding history of schizophrenia treated with atypical antipsychotics. Pericardiectomy was undertaken, and the patient's presenting symptom of shortness of breath resolved subsequently with an uneventful postoperative course.

  6. Coxiella burnetii chronic pericarditis: a case report.

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    Ivić, I; Božić, I; Ledina, D

    2016-10-01

    Coxiella burnetii is capable of causing a variety of acute and chronic infections. We present a case of pericarditis with serologically confirmed chronic C. burnetii infection. This case report emphasises the justification of serological testing for chronic C. burnetii infection in patients with prolonged or recurrent pericarditis, particularly in countries endemic for C. burnetii infection.

  7. Purulent pericarditis caused by Haemophilus parainfluenzae.

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    Latyshev, Yevgeniy; Mathew, Aswin; Jacobson, Jeffrey M; Sturm, Eron

    2013-01-01

    Bacterial pericarditis is a rare disease in the era of antibiotics. Purulent pericarditis is most often caused by Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, or Haemophilus influenzae. The number of H. parainfluenzae infections has been increasing; in rare cases, it has caused endocarditis. We report a case of purulent pericarditis caused by H. parainfluenzae in a 62-year-old woman who reported a recent upper respiratory tract infection. The patient presented with signs and symptoms of pericardial tamponade. Urgent pericardiocentesis restored her hemodynamic stability. However, within 24 hours, fluid reaccumulation led to recurrent pericardial tamponade and necessitated the creation of a pericardial window. Cultures of the first pericardial fluid grew H. parainfluenzae. Levofloxacin therapy was started, and the patient recovered. Haemophilus parainfluenzae should be considered in a patient who has signs and symptoms of purulent pericarditis. Prompt diagnosis, treatment, and antibiotic therapy are necessary for the patient's survival. To our knowledge, this is the first report of purulent pericarditis caused by H. parainfluenzae.

  8. Tuberculous Spondylitis Following Kyphoplasty

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    Ge, Chao-Yuan; He, Li-Ming; Zheng, Yong-Hong; Liu, Tuan-Jiang; Guo, Hua; He, Bao-Rong; Qian, Li-Xiong; Zhao, Yuan-Tin; Yang, Jun-Song; Hao, Ding-Jun

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Tuberculous spondylitis of the augmented vertebral column following percutaneous vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty has rarely been described. We report an unusual case of tuberculous spondylitis diagnosed after percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP). A 61-year-old woman presented to our institution complaining of back pain following a fall 7 days before. Radiologic studies revealed an acute osteoporotic compression L1 fracture. The patient denied history of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and there were no signs of infection. The patient was discharged from hospital 4 days after undergoing L1 PKP with a dramatic improvement in her back pain. Two years later, the patient was readmitted with a 1 year history of recurrent back pain. Imaging examinations demonstrated long segmental bony destruction involving L1 vertebra with massive paravertebral abscess formation. The tentative diagnosis of tuberculous spondylitis was made, after a serum T-SPOT. The TB test was found to be positive. Anterior debridement, L1 corpectomy, decompression, and autologous rib graft interposition, and posterior T8-L4 instrumentation were performed. The histologic examination of the resected tissue results confirmed the diagnosis of spinal TB. Anti-TB medications were administered for 12 months and the patient recovered without sequelae. Spinal TB and osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures are similar clinically and radiologically. Spinal surgeons should consider this disease entity to avoid misdiagnosis or complications. Early surgical intervention and anti-TB treatment should be instituted as soon as the diagnosis of spinal TB after vertebral augmentation is made. PMID:26986102

  9. [Effusive pericarditis: clinical and etiological aspects in Lomé].

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    Pio, M; Afassinou, Y M; Pessinaba, S; Mossi, K E; Kotosso, A; Baragou, S; Akue, E G; Ephoevi-Ga, A M; Atta, B; Ehlan, K E; Damorou, F

    2016-01-01

    to describe the course and the etiologic, prognostic, and therapeutic aspects of effusive pericarditis (EP) in Togo. MATERIAL ANDMETHODS: Prospective and longitudinal study conducted at the cardiology department of Sylvanus Olympio Teaching Hospital of Lome from February 1, 2011, to January 31, 2014, of patients hospitalized for EP, confirmed by Doppler echocardiography. The study included 38 patients. The hospital incidence rate of EP was 2.0%. The mean age was 42.5 ± 14.9 years (range: 16 to 73 years) with a sex ratio of 0.7. Exertional dyspnea, poor general condition, chest pain, and fever were the main symptoms. Pericardial effusion was abundant in 24 patients (63%). The Koch bacillus was identified on direct examination in five patients (13%) and only from sputum. HIV serology was positive in 18 patients (47%). Pericardial fluid was collected from 24 patients (63%). Pathology examinations of pericardial tissue found nonspecific inflammation in 5 patients and pericardial tuberculosis in 7. The causes of EP were: tuberculous (55%), idiopathic (16%), bacterial (8%), HIV-related (5%), uremic (5%), neoplastic (5%), lupus (3%), and rheumatic (3%). EFP is a frequent, serious, even deadly disease in Africa because of the HIV-AIDS pandemic. Treatment depends on the cause, most often tuberculosis.

  10. Pharmacotherapy update of acute idiopathic pericarditis.

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    Schwier, Nicholas C; Coons, James C; Rao, Shivdev K

    2015-01-01

    Idiopathic (viral) pericarditis is the most common form of pericardial disease in the Western world. Despite the combination of colchicine and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) plus aspirin (ASA), considered first-line therapy, the incidence of recurrent pericarditis is ~20-30%. In addition, secondary recurrence without optimal first-line therapy is ~50%. This is due to the many clinical challenges, such as inappropriate NSAID/ASA duration of therapy, the use of corticosteroid therapy, contraindications or intolerances to therapy, adverse effects, and issues related to adherence. This review describes contemporary pharmacotherapeutic management of idiopathic (viral) pericarditis, with a particular emphasis on the role of colchicine. Emerging therapies and management strategies, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein-guided therapy and novel immunotherapies, are also reviewed. Ultimately, understanding appropriate treatment will assist the clinician in helping decrease the risk of recurrent, incessant, and refractory pericarditis. © 2015 Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc.

  11. Disseminated MRSA infection with purulent pericarditis.

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    Mada, Pradeep Kumar; Cady, Beth; De Silva, Anajana; Alam, Mohammad

    2017-03-30

    The risk of developing pericarditis secondary to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in the absence of preceding surgical procedure is extremely low. We present a case report of a 36-year-old woman who developed disseminated MRSA infection leading to purulent pericarditis. © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  12. Recurrent pericarditis: new and emerging therapeutic options.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Lazaros, George; Brucato, Antonio; Gaita, Fiorenzo

    2016-02-01

    Recurrent pericarditis is one of the most common and troublesome complications after an episode of pericarditis, and affects 20-50% of patients treated for pericarditis. In most of these patients, the pericarditis remains idiopathic, although an immune-mediated (either autoimmune or autoinflammatory) pathogenesis is often presumed. The mainstay of therapy for recurrences is aspirin or NSAIDs, with the adjunct of colchicine. Corticosteroids are a second-line option to be considered for specific indications, such as connective tissue disease or pregnancy; contraindications or intolerance to aspirin, NSAIDs, and/or colchicine; or insufficient response to these medications. Furthermore, corticosteroids can be added to NSAIDs and colchicine in patients with persistent symptoms. In patients who do not respond adequately to any of these conventional therapies, alternative treatment options include azathioprine, intravenous human immunoglobulins, and anakinra. An improved understanding of how recurrent pericarditis develops after an initiating event is critical to prevent this complication, and further research is needed into the pathogenesis of recurrences. We discuss the aetiology and diagnosis of recurrent pericarditis, and extensively review the treatment options for this condition.

  13. Cardiac troponin-T in acute pericarditis.

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    Gamaza-Chulián, Sergio; León-Jiménez, Javier; Recuerda-Núñez, María; Camacho-Freire, Santiago; Gutiérrez-Barrios, Alejandro; Vargas-Machuca, José C

    2014-01-01

    The long-term outcome of acute pericarditis with high cardiac troponin-T (cTnT) is unknown. Our purpose was to investigate the prognostic and clinical value of cTnT in myopericardial inflammatory syndromes. Between January 2001 and September 2011, 107 patients hospitalized for acute pericarditis or myopericarditis were enrolled. Postinfarction pericarditis and neoplastic pericarditis were excluded. Physical examination, ECG, echocardiography and blood tests were performed. Among the 105 patients (89% men, mean age 36 ± 15 years-old), a cTnT rise was detectable in 64 patients (60.9%). Only younger age was found as an independent factor for higher values of cTnT in multivariate analysis (P = 0.03). After a mean follow-up of 51 months, a similar rate of complications was found in patients with a positive or a negative cTnT test: recurrent pericarditis (11 vs. 19%, P = 0.23) and cardiac tamponade (2 vs. 5%, P = 0.56). No cases of constrictive pericarditis, residual left ventricular dysfunction or hospital death were detected. The left ventricular ejection fraction remained unchanged during the follow-up (62.6 ± 6.5 vs. 61.9 ± 5.8, P = 0.89). In acute pericarditis, a cTnT rise is a frequent finding and commonly found in younger patients. However, unlike acute coronary syndrome, cTnT rise is not a negative prognostic marker.

  14. Septic pericarditis and myocardial abscess in an English Springer spaniel.

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    Fraga Veloso, Gemma; Fraga Manteiga, Eduardo; Trehy, Mary; Freeman, Alistair; McConnell, J Fraser; Dukes McEwan, Joanna

    2014-03-01

    Septic pericarditis and myocardial abscess are rare conditions in dogs. They are usually caused by foreign bodies, penetrating wounds, systemic infections or extension of local infections such as endocarditis, pleuritis or pulmonary infections to the myocardial tissue. Here we report a septic pericardial effusion and myocardial abscess in a young English Springer spaniel presenting with a long history of pyrexia and lethargy. No cause could clearly be identified although a penetrating injury or dissolving foreign body was highly suspected. The patient was successfully treated with a surgical approach in combination with broad spectrum antibacterials resulting in resolution of clinical signs without recurrence of the infection. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Brucellosis Presenting with Pericarditis: Case Report and Literature Review

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    Fábio Lopes Pedro

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Pericarditis is a rare manifestation during the course of brucellosis. This paper describes a case of pericarditis associated with brucellosis in a 31-year-old veterinary physician with a past medical history of testicular tumor and reviews the cases of pericarditis associated with brucellosis in medical English literature.

  16. Acute pericarditis presenting with sinus bradycardia : A case report

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    Gosselink, ATM; vandenBerg, MP; Crijns, HJGM

    1997-01-01

    Acute pericarditis is almost invariably associated with sinus tachycardia. Recent-onset chest pain in the presence of (sinus) bradycardia is considered to be associated with an acute ischemic syndrome rather than acute pericarditis. This report describes a patient with acute pericarditis initially

  17. Pericarditis as the presenting feature of adrenoleukodystrophy.

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    Taxter, Alysha J; Bellin, Melena D; Binstadt, Bryce A

    2011-03-01

    X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy is characterized by elevated levels of very long chain fatty acids in the serum, brain, and adrenal glands that can lead to neurodevelopmental impairment and decreased adrenal function. We report here the case of a pediatric patient with pericarditis who was found to have adrenoleukodystrophy. More common causes of pericarditis (such as infectious, autoimmune, and metabolic) were excluded. On the basis of the examination finding of cutaneous hyperpigmentation, hypocortisolism was discovered. Further evaluation revealed elevated serum levels of very long chain fatty acids and a partial deletion of the ABCD1 gene, consistent with the diagnosis of X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy. Two of the index patient's brothers were subsequently found to have the same disease. Although pericarditis has been reported previously in association with autoimmune diseases that affect the adrenal glands, this is the first reported case (to our knowledge) of pericarditis in association with hypocortisolism from a nonautoimmune cause. Therefore, we suggest that hypocortisolism itself may lead to pericarditis in some patients.

  18. Septic pericarditis in a cat with pyometra.

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    Majoy, Sean B; Sharp, Claire R; Dickinson, Amy E; Cunningham, Suzanne M

    2013-01-01

    To describe a unique cause of septic pericarditis in a cat and detail the successful case management strategy. A 6-year-old sexually intact female Ragdoll cat was evaluated for a 7-day history of progressive lethargy, anorexia, and vaginal discharge. Thoracic radiographs revealed a markedly globoid cardiac silhouette and pleural effusion while the initial echocardiogram showed moderate volume pericardial effusion. Following pericardiocentesis, cytologic evaluation of the pericardial effusion revealed septic suppurative inflammation with intra- and extracellular Gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria. Abdominal ultrasound demonstrated a moderate amount of echogenic uterine fluid accumulation with a right-sided uterine horn mass. After stabilization with pericardiocentesis, IV fluid therapy and IV antimicrobials, the cat underwent ovariohysterectomy and partial pericardiectomy. Histopathology confirmed a diagnosis of pyometra and septic pericarditis. Uterine and pericardial fluid bacterial culture yielded Escherichia coli with identical antimicrobial sensitivity spectrums. Septic pericarditis is a rare cause of pericardial effusion in the cat. Previous reported cases have either suggested the cause to be secondary to transient bacteremia resulting from a local infection seeding the pericardium or for the cause to remain unknown. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first veterinary report of septic pericarditis resulting from hematogeneously spread bacteria originating from a urogenital infection. It is also the first report of successful surgical management of septic pericarditis in the cat. © Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2012.

  19. Good prognosis for pericarditis with and without myocardial involvement: results from a multicenter, prospective cohort study.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Brucato, Antonio; Barbieri, Andrea; Ferroni, Francesca; Maestroni, Silvia; Ligabue, Guido; Chinaglia, Alessandra; Cumetti, Davide; Della Casa, Giovanni; Bonomi, Federica; Mantovani, Francesca; Di Corato, Paola; Lugli, Roberta; Faletti, Riccardo; Leuzzi, Stefano; Bonamini, Rodolfo; Modena, Maria Grazia; Belli, Riccardo

    2013-07-02

    The natural history of myopericarditis/perimyocarditis is poorly known, and recently published studies have presented contrasting data on their outcomes. The aim of the present article is to assess the prognosis of myopericarditis/perimyocarditis in a multicenter, prospective cohort study. A total of 486 patients (median age, 39 years; range, 18-83 years; 300 men) with acute pericarditis or a myopericardial inflammatory syndrome (myopericarditis/perimyocarditis; 85% idiopathic, 11% connective tissue disease or inflammatory bowel disease, 5% infective) were prospectively evaluated from January 2007 to December 2011. The diagnosis of acute pericarditis was based on the presence of 2 of 4 clinical criteria (chest pain, pericardial rubs, widespread ST-segment elevation or PR depression, and new or worsening pericardial effusion). Myopericardial inflammatory involvement was suspected with atypical ECG changes for pericarditis, arrhythmias, and cardiac troponin elevation or new or worsening ventricular dysfunction on echocardiography and confirmed by cardiac magnetic resonance. After a median follow-up of 36 months, normalization of left ventricular function was achieved in >90% of patients with myopericarditis/perimyocarditis. No deaths were recorded, as well as evolution to heart failure or symptomatic left ventricular dysfunction. Recurrences (mainly as recurrent pericarditis) were the most common complication during follow-up and were recorded more frequently in patients with acute pericarditis (32%) than in those with myopericarditis (11%) or perimyocarditis (12%; P<0.001). Troponin elevation was not associated with an increase in complications. The outcome of myopericardial inflammatory syndromes is good. Unlike acute coronary syndromes, troponin elevation is not a negative prognostic marker in this setting.

  20. Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy for refractory recurrent pericarditis.

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    del Fresno, M Rosa; Peralta, Julio E; Granados, Miguel Ángel; Enríquez, Eugenia; Domínguez-Pinilla, Nerea; de Inocencio, Jaime

    2014-11-01

    Recurrent pericarditis is a troublesome complication of idiopathic acute pericarditis and occurs more frequently in pediatric patients after cardiac surgery (postpericardiotomy syndrome). Conventional treatment with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and colchicine is not always effective or may cause serious adverse effects. There is no consensus, however, on how to proceed in those patients whose disease is refractory to conventional therapy. In such cases, human intravenous immunoglobulin, immunosuppressive drugs, and biological agents have been used. In this report we describe 2 patients with refractory recurrent pericarditis after cardiac surgery who were successfully treated with 3 and 5 monthly high-dose (2 g/kg) intravenous immunoglobulin until resolution of the effusion. Our experience supports the effectiveness and safety of this therapy. Copyright © 2014 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  1. [Pericarditis as initial presentation of disseminated meningococcal disease].

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    Mirón, Lorena; Neyro, Silvina; Cheistwer, Ariel; Muracciole, Beatriz; Ortellao, Graciela; Martínez Iriart, Emilio

    2013-12-01

    Pericarditis is a well-recognized but uncommon complication of meningococcal infection. The incidence of pericarditis complicating meningococcal disease in all age groups is reported to be 3-19%. There are few cases reported in the paediatric age group. Disseminated meningococcal disease with pericarditis, defined as purulent pericarditis with clinical evidence of disseminated meningococcemia and meningitis. We report the case of a 4-month-old male infant who presented disseminated meningococcal disease with pericarditis caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B. The patient was treated with antibiotic with excellent response. It is important to point out that meningococcal disease may present in unusual forms which may lead to diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties.

  2. Atypical extraspinal musculoskeletal tuberculosis in immunocompetent patients: Part II, tuberculous myositis, tuberculous bursitis, and tuberculous tenosynovites

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    Abdelwahab, I.F. [Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York (United States); Bianchi, S. [Clinique et Fondation des Grangettes, Geneva (Switzerland)]. E-mail: stefanobianchi@bluewin.ch; Martinoli, C. [Universita di Genova, Cattedra di Radiologia, DICMI, Genoa (Italy); Klein, M. [Univ. of Alabama School of Medicine, Dept. of Pathology, Birmingham, Alabama (United States); Hermann, G. [Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dept. of Radiology, New York, New York (United States)

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    Tuberculosis involving the soft tissue from adjacent bone or joint is well recognized. However, primary tuberculous pyomyositis, tuberculous bursitis, and tuberculous tenosynovitis are rare entities constituting 1% of skeletal tuberculosis. Tuberculosis tenosynovitis involves most commonly the tendon sheaths of the hand and wrist, and tuberculous bursitis occurs most commonly around the hip. The greater trochanteric bursa and the greater trochanter are the most frequent sites of tuberculous bursitis. Cases of primary tuberculous pyomyositis and tenosynovitis of the tendons of the ankle and foot are seldom reported in the radiology literature. All imaging modalities - plain radiography, bone scan, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - provide information that is helpful in determining therapy. MRI in particular, with its multiplanar capabilities and superb contrast of soft tissue, can demonstrate the extent of the soft tissue mass and access the adjacent bones and joints. However, MRI has no diagnostic specificity in regard to tuberculosis, and in nonendemic areas, biopsy is strongly recommended. All patients in this review were permanent residents of North America or Western Europe and were immunocompetent. Examples of atypical presentations of the above entities are demonstrated. (author)

  3. Difficult preoperative diagnosis in a case of rapidly progressive carcinomatous pericarditis.

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    Wada, Tomoyuki; Anai, Hirofumi; Shuto, Takashi; Okamoto, Keitaro; Kawano, Madoka; Kozaki, Satoshi; Hirota, Jun; Miyamoto, Shinji

    2016-04-01

    A 54-year-old woman initially diagnosed with stage IIIb squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix was treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. After 8 months, she developed dyspnea, leg edema, pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, and liver congestion. Her cardiac ejection fraction was normal and cardiomegaly was not evident. Metastatic carcinomatous pericarditis or pleurisy was suspected, but laboratory findings, including tumor markers, were normal. She was transferred to our hospital for the repair a cardiac injury caused by a pericardial drainage procedure. Emergency surgery was performed for the misplaced drainage catheter in the right atrium and for an abnormal mass in her right and left atria. The clinical diagnosis of carcinomatous pericarditis was made; however, her condition rapidly deteriorated, and she died 6 days postoperatively. At autopsy, metastasis was identified in a large area of the pericardium and myocardium.

  4. Imaging features of constrictive pericarditis: beyond pericardial thickening

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    Napolitano, G.; Pressacco, J.; Paquet, E. [Dept. of Radiology, Montreal Heart Inst., Montreal, Quebec (Canada)], E-mail: napolitanog@hotmail.com

    2009-02-15

    Constrictive pericarditis is caused by adhesions between the visceral and parietal layers of the pericardium and progressive pericardial fibrosis that restricts diastolic filling of the heart. Later on, the thickened pericardium may calcify. Despite a better understanding of the pathophysiologic basis of the imaging findings in constrictive pericarditis and the recent advent of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, which has dramatically improved the visualization of the pericardium, the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis remains a challenge in many cases. In patients with clinical suspicion of underlying constrictive pericarditis, the most important radiologic diagnostic feature is abnormal pericardial thickening, which can be shown readily by computed tomography (CT) and especially by MRI, and is highly suggestive of constrictive pericarditis. Nevertheless, a thickened pericardium does not always indicate constrictive pericarditis. Furthermore, constrictive pericarditis can occur without pericardial thickening. (author)

  5. Corticosteroids for tuberculous pleurisy.

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    Ryan, Hannah; Yoo, Jinho; Darsini, Padmapriya

    2017-03-14

    Corticosteroids used in addition to antituberculous therapy have been reported to benefit people with tuberculous pleurisy. However, research findings are inconsistent and raise doubt as to whether such treatment is worthwhile. There is also concern regarding the potential adverse effects of corticosteroids, especially in HIV-positive people. To evaluate the effects of adding corticosteroids to drug regimens for tuberculous pleural effusion. In April 2016, we searched the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register, CENTRAL (the Cochrane Library), MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, Current Controlled Trials, and the reference lists of articles identified by the literature search. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs that compared any corticosteroid with no treatment, placebo, or other active treatment (both groups should have received the same antituberculous drug regimen) in people diagnosed with tuberculous pleurisy. Two review authors independently screened the search results, extracted data from the included trials, and assessed trial methodological quality using the Cochrane 'Risk of bias' tool. We analysed the data using risk ratios (RR) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). We applied the fixed-effect model in the absence of statistically significant heterogeneity. Six trials with 590 participants met the inclusion criteria, which were conducted in Asia (three trials), Africa (two trials), and Europe (one trial). Two trials were in HIV-negative people, one trial was in HIV-positive people, and three trials did not report HIV status.Corticosteroids may reduce the time to resolution of pleural effusion. Risk of residual pleural effusion on chest X-ray was reduced by 45% at eight weeks (RR 0.54, 95% CI 0.37 to 0.78; 237 participants, 2 trials, low certainty evidence), and 65% at 24 weeks (RR 0.35, 95% CI 0.18 to 0.66; 237 participants, 2 trials, low certainty evidence).Compared with control, corticosteroids may reduce the risk of having pleural

  6. Tuberculous pleural effusion.

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    Ferreiro, Lucía; San José, Esther; Valdés, Luis

    2014-10-01

    Tuberculous pleural effusion (TBPE) is the most common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in Spain, and is one of the most frequent causes of pleural effusion. Although the incidence has steadily declined (4.8 cases/100,000population in 2009), the percentage of TBPE remains steady with respect to the total number of TB cases (14.3%-19.3%). Almost two thirds are men, more than 60% are aged between 15-44years, and it is more common in patients with human immunodeficiency virus. The pathogenesis is usually a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. Symptoms vary depending on the population (more acute in young people and more prolonged in the elderly). The effusion is almost invariably a unilateral exudate (according to Light's criteria), more often on the right side, and the tuberculin test is negative in one third of cases. There are limitations in making a definitive diagnosis, so various pleural fluid biomarkers have been used for this. The combination of adenosine deaminase and lymphocyte percentage may be useful in this respect. Treatment is the same as for any TB. The addition of corticosteroids is not advisable, and chest drainage could help to improve symptoms more rapidly in large effusions. Copyright © 2013 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  7. Staphylococcal septicaemia complicated with purulent pericarditis in ...

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    Its diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion especially in the presence of persistent fever and signs of cardiac tamponade in spite of appropriate antibiotic use. A case of purulent pericarditis in an infant is here presented to illustrate the importance of a high index of suspicion and simple investigations in its diagnosis in ...

  8. An Interesting Case of Viral Pericarditis.

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    van Diepen, Kelly Marie; de Almeida, Claudia Lace; Kam, April Jacqueline

    2016-05-01

    A previously healthy 14-year-old girl presented to the emergency department with a 3-day history of upper respiratory symptoms and 2 syncopal episodes. She was initially febrile, tachycardic, and tachypneic; the initial electrocardiogram showed diffuse T-wave inversions and right atrial enlargement. There was no pericardial effusion on bedside and formal echocardiography; the latter, however, revealed a hyperechogenic pericardium. A viral swab was positive for influenza B. Treatment with intravenous rehydration and ibuprofen was started with good response. The patient went home 24 hours later with the diagnosis of mild pericarditis and syncope likely secondary to dehydration impaired diastolic filling.The incidence of acute pericarditis in previously healthy children is unknown. There are no known case reports of influenza B-associated pericarditis in the pediatric population. There is little high quality evidence to guide the diagnosis and management of pericarditis in children. However, limited data suggest that the typically described presentation of chest pain, pericardial rub, pericardial effusion, and electrocardiogram changes occurs in children. The pediatric population seems to respond well to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

  9. Pregnancy complicating irradiation-induced constrictive pericarditis

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    Bakri, Younes N.; Martan, Ahmed; Amri, Aladin (King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology); Amri, M. (King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). Dept. of Cardiovascular Diseases)

    1992-01-01

    A case is reported of a 24 year-old primigravida who had severe effusive constrictive pericarditis secondary to mediastinal irradiation following chemotherapy for Hodgkins disease. Pregnancy was threatened by serious maternal cardiovascular complications and a non-viable fetus was born spontaneously and prematurely. Patient was completely asymptomatic before pregnancy. (au).

  10. Tuberculous otitis media: a resurgence?

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    Kameswaran, M; Natarajan, K; Parthiban, M; Krishnan, P V; Raghunandhan, S

    2017-09-01

    Tuberculosis is a global health problem that is especially prevalent in developing countries such as India. Recently, atypical presentation has become more common and a high index of suspicion is essential. This study analysed the various presenting symptoms and signs of tuberculous otitis media and the role of diagnostic tests, with the aim of formulating criteria for the diagnosis. A total of 502 patients underwent tympanomastoidectomy over a two-year period. Microbiological and histopathological examinations and polymerase chain reaction analysis of tissue taken during tympanomastoidectomy were performed. A total of 25 patients (5 per cent) were diagnosed with tuberculous otitis media. Severe mixed hearing loss, facial palsy, labyrinthine fistula, post-aural fistula, perichondritis and extradural abscess were noted. There seems to be a resurgence in tuberculous otitis media in India. Microbiological, histopathological and polymerase chain reaction tests for tuberculosis are helpful for its diagnosis.

  11. Cervical tuberculous adenitis: CT manifestations

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    Reede, D.L.; Bergeron, R.T.

    1985-03-01

    Cervical tuberculous adenitis is being seen with increasing frequency in the United States; in the appropriate clinical setting it should be included in the differential diagnosis of an asymptomatic neck mass. Patients are typically young adults who are recent arrivals from Southeast Asia. A history of tuberculosis is not always elicited nor is the chest radiograph always abnormal. All of these patients have positive purified protein derivative tests unless they are anergic. The CT findings may lead to the diagnosis. Several CT patterns of nodal disease can be seen in tuberculous adenitis; some may mimic benign and neoplastic disease. The presence of a multiloculated or multichambered (conglomerate nodal) mass with central lucency and thick rims of enhancement and minimally effaced fascial planes is highly suggestive of tuberculous adenitis, especially if the patient has a strongly positive tuberculosis skin test.

  12. Associates and predictors of pleurisy or pericarditis in SLE

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    Ryu, Seungwon; Fu, Wei; Petri, Michelle A

    2017-01-01

    Background/Purpose Serositis is one of both ACR and SLICC classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and a common type of extra renal flare. However, little is known about clinical or immunological associations of pleurisy or pericarditis. The aim of this study is to analyze associates and predictors of pleurisy versus pericarditis in Caucasians and African Americans with SLE. Methods 2,390 SLE patients in the Hopkins Lupus Cohort were analyzed for demographic, clinical and serologic associates of pleurisy or pericarditis, defined using the SELENA revision of the SLE Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI). The cross-sectional and prospective study using either univariate or multivariate analysis were performed to evaluate the associates of serositis in SLE. We reported associates with a p-value of less than 0.05 for pleurisy or pericarditis. Results 43% had pleurisy and 22% had pericarditis. African-American ethnicity was a predictive factor for new pericarditis. Hemolytic anemia, proteinuria, lymphadenopathy and anti-Sm were predictive only of pericarditis, whereas pulmonary fibrosis and GI infarction were predictive only of pleurisy. Fever, Raynaud’s syndrome, and anti-DNA were predictors for both pericarditis and pleurisy. Conclusion Our study provides further insights into the associates of pleurisy and pericarditis in SLE. Predictors of pleurisy and pericarditis are shown for the first time. The long term consequences from the cross-sectional analysis gives a lesson that serositis in SLE should not be considered benign. PMID:29118999

  13. Tuberculous optochiasmatic arachnoiditis.

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    Anupriya, A; Sunithi, M; Maya, T; Goel, M; Alexander, M; Aaron, S; Mathew, V

    2010-01-01

    Arachnoiditis involving optic nerve and the optic chiasm can occur as a complication of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). This study evaluates the clinical features, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and laboratory parameters and imaging findings of optochiasmatic arachnoiditis (OCA) and also tried to identify any factors which can predict this complication in patients with TBM. Patients admitted with TBM in the neurology wards of a tertiary care teaching hospital over a period of 6 years formed the material for this study. Student's "t" test and univariate analysis were done to identify any predictors for this complication and the variables found to be significant were further analyzed by multivariate logistic regression analysis. One hundred sixty-three patients with TBM, admitted over a 6-year period, were studied. Twenty-three (14%) patients developed OCA. Eighteen out of 23 (78%) developed this complication while on antituberculous treatment (ATT) and 5/23 (22%) were newly diagnosed cases of TBM. Of those already on treatment, 12/23 (52%) were receiving only ATT, the remaining 6/23 (26%) had received steroids along with ATT in varying doses and duration. The average period from diagnosis of TBM to visual symptoms was 6.4 months. On the multivariate logistic regression analysis, female sex (P 260 mg% (P < 0.021) were the factors predisposing toward this complication. At 6 months follow-up, on treatment with steroids and ATT, 17% had improvement and no further deterioration was noted in visual acuity in 52%. OCA can develop even while on treatment with ATT. Young women with a high CSF protein content seem to be more prone for this complication.

  14. A fatal case of tuberculous meningitis in a child with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a diagnostic challenge

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    Full Text Available Abstract The prognosis of tuberculous meningitis, a rare form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, depends on the stage of treatment initiation. We report a fatal case of tuberculous meningitis. The patient had received successive tumor necrosis factor (TNF antagonists and abatacept to treat juvenile idiopathic arthritis, with negative results for polymerase chain reaction and acid-fast bacilli on smear, had normal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF adenosine deaminase and glucose levels. Six weeks post-admission, the CSF culture demonstrated Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The altered immunological responses caused by anti-TNF treatment made the diagnosis challenging. Clinicians should bear this in mind and, if suspected, treatment should be initiated immediately.

  15. Tuberculous optochiasmatic arachnoiditis: a devastating form of tuberculous meningitis.

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    Garg, Ravindra Kumar; Paliwal, Vimal; Malhotra, Hardeep Singh

    2011-09-01

    Tuberculous meningitis is primarily a disease of the meninges of brain and spinal cord along with adjacent brain parenchyma. The characteristic pathological changes are meningeal inflammation, basal exudates, vasculitis and hydrocephalus. Tuberculous meningitis has a strong predilection for basal parts of the brain. Exudates, if dominantly present in the interpeduncular, suprasellar and Sylvian cisterns, result in optochiasmatic arachnoiditis and tuberculoma. Optochiasmatic arachnoiditis and tuberculoma are devastating forms of tuberculous meningitis and often associated with profound vision loss. This clinical entity more frequently affects young adults. In a recent study, on the multivariate logistic regression analysis, female sex, younger age and raised cerebrospinal fluid protein content were identified as predictors for developing optochiasmatic arachnoiditis. Frequently, optochiasmatic tuberculoma and optochiasmatic arachnoiditis develop paradoxically while a patient is being treated with anti-TB drugs. MRI reveals confluent enhancing lesions that are present in the interpeduncular fossa, pontine cistern, and the perimesencephalic and suprasellar cisterns. Management of tuberculous optochiasmatic arachnoiditis and optochiasmatic arachnoiditis tuberculoma has been variable. Treatment of optochiasmatic arachnoiditis continues to be a challenge and the response is generally unsatisfactory. In isolated case reports and in small series, corticosteroids, methyl prednisolone, thalidomide and hyaluronidase have been used with variable success. The benefit from neurosurgery is controversial and deterioration may follow the initial temporary improvement. Management of paradoxical optochiasmatic arachnoiditis is also controversial. Some patients regain vision following treatment with anti-TB drugs and continued usage of corticosteroids. Neurosurgery may be considered in the patients with either treatment failure or when diagnosis is in doubt. In conclusion, presence of

  16. Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy leading to dramatic improvement in a patient with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis and severe pericarditis resistant to steroid pulse therapy.

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    Aizawa-Yashiro, Tomomi; Oki, Eishin; Tsuruga, Kazushi; Nakahata, Tohru; Ito, Etsuro; Tanaka, Hiroshi

    2012-05-01

    A 7-year-old Japanese boy with a 4-month history of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (s-JIA) experienced disease flare with spiking fever, exanthema and arthralgia. He then developed progressive dyspnea due to severe pericarditis, and proinflammatory hypercytokinemia was suspected. Methylprednisolone pulse therapy was ineffective and echocardiography showed massive pericardial effusion had persisted. Alternatively, subsequent intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy resulted in dramatic resolution of the pericardial effusion, and his general condition significantly improved within a few days. This case report may lend further support the use of IVIG for selected patients with s-JIA and severe pericarditis.

  17. Do not forget tuberculous meningitis

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    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is relatively uncommon compared with other types of meningitis and so it is easy to forget to consider it as an explanation for a patient's presenting problem. If untreated TBM is fatal in most cases. Who is at risk? Children under aged 5 years,. •. The elderly,. •. HIV infected patients (in these ...

  18. Combined pericarditis and pneumonia caused by Legionella infection

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    Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup; Jønsson, V; Niebuhr, U

    1987-01-01

    During a one year period acute pericarditis was diagnosed in 16 consecutive patients without acute infarction or malignancy. In two of these patients with both pericarditis and pneumonia Legionella infection was present. One case was caused by Legionella longbeachae and the other by both Legionel...... longbeachae and Legionella jordanis. When pericarditis is associated with pneumonia Legionella infection should be sought so that effective treatment with erythromycin may be started early....

  19. Combined pericarditis and pneumonia caused by Legionella infection

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    Svendsen, J H; Jønsson, V; Niebuhr, U

    1987-01-01

    During a one year period acute pericarditis was diagnosed in 16 consecutive patients without acute infarction or malignancy. In two of these patients with both pericarditis and pneumonia Legionella infection was present. One case was caused by Legionella longbeachae and the other by both Legionella...... longbeachae and Legionella jordanis. When pericarditis is associated with pneumonia Legionella infection should be sought so that effective treatment with erythromycin may be started early....

  20. Constrictive Pericarditis and Rheumatoid Nodules with Severe Aortic Incompetence

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    Beattie, Rory; Booth, Karen; Herron, Brian; Sheppard, Mary N; Parissis, Haralambos

    2014-01-01

    The case of a female patient presenting with constrictive rheumatoid pericarditis and aortic incompetence secondary to valvular rheumatoid nodules is described along with a review of the literature...

  1. Constrictive pericarditis and rheumatoid nodules with severe aortic incompetence

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    Beattie, Rory; Booth, Karen; Herron, Brian; Sheppard, Mary N; Parissis, Haralambos

    2014-01-01

    The case of a female patient presenting with constrictive rheumatoid pericarditis and aortic incompetence secondary to valvular rheumatoid nodules is described along with a review of the literature...

  2. Colchicine for children with pericarditis: systematic review of clinical studies.

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    Alabed, Samer; Pérez-Gaxiola, Giordano; Burls, Amanda

    2016-10-01

    To review the evidence for the efficacy and safety of colchicine in children with pericarditis. Systematic review. The following databases were searched for studies about colchicine in children with pericarditis (June 2015): Cochrane Central, Medline, EMBASE and LILACS. All observational and experimental studies on humans with any length of follow-up and no limitations on language or publication status were included. The outcomes studied were recurrences of pericarditis and adverse events. Two authors extracted data and assessed quality of included studies using the Cochrane risk of bias tool for non-randomised trials. Two case series and nine case reports reported the use of colchicine in a total of 86 children with pericarditis. Five articles including 74 paediatric patients were in favour of colchicine in preventing further pericarditis recurrences. Six studies including 12 patients showed that colchicine did not prevent recurrences of pericarditis. No randomised controlled trials (RCTs) were found. Although colchicine is an established treatment for pericarditis in adults, it is not routinely used in children. There is not enough evidence to support or discourage the use of colchicine in children with pericarditis. Further research in the form of large double-blind RCTs is needed to establish the efficacy of colchicine in children with pericarditis. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  3. Constrictive pericarditis in a contemporary Danish cohort

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    Landex, Nadia Lander; Ihlemann, Nikolaj; Olsen, Peter Skov

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The aetiology and outcome of constrictive pericarditis vary between geographic regions and has changed over time. We describe the diagnostic work-up and outcome in a contemporary cohort of Danish patients with constrictive pericarditis. DESIGN: Hospital databases were searched...... and inflammatory disease were the most prevalent underlying conditions. Diagnosis was made primarily by echocardiography and right- and left-sided cardiac catheterisation. Echocardiography was particularly notable for dilated inferior caval vein, increased E/A ratio, and high septal tissue velocity in addition...... to the presence of septal bounce. Pericardiectomy was performed in 47 patients with a 30-day mortality of 8.5%. Clinical improvement was noted in 69% of cases. Several echocardiographic parameters normalised with time, including markers of diastolic function. CONCLUSIONS: Long-term outcome after pericardiectomy...

  4. Azacitidine-Induced Pericarditis: A Case Series.

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    Newman, Matthew; Malla, Midhun; Gojo, Ivana

    2016-04-01

    To describe three cases of pericarditis probably related to azacitidine administration in a span of 3 years at our center. Case series. Comprehensive cancer center within a large, academic medical center. Three patients with high-grade myelodysplastic syndrome or acute myeloid leukemia who received azacitidine. None. None. Patient 1 presented with pericarditis after cycle 2 of azacitidine, patient 3 presented 3 weeks after completing cycle 5, and patient 2 presented during cycle 1. All patients were treated symptomatically and responded to corticosteroids. None of the patients were re-challenged with hypomethylating agents. Use of the Naranjo adverse drug reaction probability scale indicated a probable adverse drug reaction (score of 6) for patients 1 and 3 and a possible adverse drug reaction (score of 3) for patient 2. With the exclusion of other common causes of pericarditis, we believe it is likely that azacitidine was responsible for the findings in our patients. Providers caring for patients receiving hypomethylating agents should consider this potential adverse drug reaction in the setting of unexplained chest pain or other clinical signs consistent with cardiotoxicity. © 2016 Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc.

  5. Recurrent pericarditis: current challenges and future prospects

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Claire Dauphin,1 Etienne Merlin,2 Aurélie Chalard,1 Romain Trésorier,1 Jean-René Lusson,1 Martin Soubrier3 1Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Diseases, 2Department of Pediatrics, 3Department of Rheumatology, Clermont-Ferrand Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France Abstract: Recurrent pericarditis, usually idiopathic, is difficult to treat. Previous etiological studies can eliminate potentially serious causes that require specific treatment. The pathophysiology of “idiopathic” pericarditis involves autoimmunity and autoinflammation in various degrees and is usually caused by a microbacteriological or postinjury trigger. It requires multidisciplinary care to provide individualized treatment to each patient: treatment escalation by increments, then weaning should be guided by clinical examination but also CRP and potential magnetic resonance imaging. The role of immunomodulators, especially anakinra, should be revisited. Their efficacy is remarkable, and they could be considered for second-line treatment, preferably with corticosteroids (at least among certain selected patients, especially after the failure of prolonged and high-dose standard therapy with aspirin/nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and colchicine. Keywords: recurrent pericarditis, review, pathophysiology, individualized treatment, multidisciplinary care, treatment options 

  6. Localized basal meningeal enhancement in tuberculous meningitis

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    Theron, Salomine; Andronikou, Savvas; Grobbelaar, Marie; Steyn, Freda; Mapukata, Ayanda; Plessis, Jaco du [University of Stellenbosch, Department of Radiology, Tygerberg Hospital, P.O. BOX 19063, Tygerberg (South Africa)

    2006-11-15

    Focal basal meningeal enhancement may produce a confusing CT picture in children with suspected tuberculous meningitis (TBM). To demonstrate the incidence, distribution and appearance of localized basal meningeal enhancement in children with TBM. CT scans of patients with definite (culture proven) and probable (CSF suggestive) TBM were retrospectively evaluated by two observers. Localized basal enhancement was documented as involving: unilateral cistern of the lateral fossa (CLF), unilateral sylvian fissure, unilateral CLF and sylvian fissure in combination, unilateral CLF and sylvian fissure with ipsi- or contralateral ambient cistern and isolated quadrigeminal plate cistern. The study included 130 patients with TBM (aged 2 months to 13 years 9 months). Focal basal enhancement was seen in 11 patients (8.5%). The sylvian fissure was involved most commonly, followed by the lateral fossa cistern. The ambient cistern was involved in three patients and the quadrigeminal plate cistern in one. Focal areas of enhancement corresponded to the areas of infarction in every patient. Focal basal meningeal enhancement is common (8.5%) in paediatric TBM. This must be kept in mind when evaluating CT scans in children presenting with focal neurological findings, seizures or meningism in communities where TBM is endemic. (orig.)

  7. [Recurrent pericarditis as an initial manifestation of Wegener's granulomatosis].

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    Leroy, S; Gaudebout, N; Lanteme, P; Seve, P

    2014-02-01

    Recurrent pericarditis occur in around a quarter of patients after a first episode of acute pericarditis. Most of the cases are idiopathic or viral pericarditis or post-pericardial injury syndromes. Recurrent pericarditis are most likely to occur in patients with known systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis but are rare in other systemic auto-immune diseases. We report here an unusual case of a patient with a 5-year history of four acute myopericarditis revealing Wegener's granulomatosis. Clinicians should consider the possibility of Wegener's granulomatosis in case of recurrent pericarditis and look for features suggestive of granulomatous disease affecting the upper and lower respiratory tract. In this setting, antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA) testing and/or biopsy of involved organs appear of particular interest to confirm the diagnosis. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  8. Recurrent Pericarditis: Modern Approach in 2016.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Adler, Yehuda; Charron, Philippe

    2016-06-01

    Recurrent pericarditis is one of the most troublesome complications of pericarditis occurring in about one third of patients with a previous attack of pericarditis. The pathogenesis is presumed to be autoimmune and/or autoinflammatory in most cases. The mainstay of therapy for recurrences is physical restriction and anti-inflammatory therapy based on aspirin or NSAID plus colchicine. Corticosteroids at low to moderate doses (e.g., prednisone 0.2 to 0.5 mg/kg/day) should be considered only after failure of aspirin/NSAID (and more than one of these drugs) or for specific indications (e.g., pregnancy, systemic inflammatory diseases on steroids, renal failure, concomitant oral anticoagulant therapy). One of the most challenging issues is how to cope with patients who have recurrences despite colchicine. A small subset of patients (about 5 %) may develop corticosteroid-dependence and colchicine resistance. Among the emerging treatments, the three most common and evidence-based therapies are based on azathioprine, human intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and anakinra. After failure of all options of medical therapy or for those patients who do not tolerate medical therapy or have serious adverse events related to medical therapy, the last possible option is the surgical removal of the pericardium. Total or radical pericardiectomy is recommended in these cases in experienced centers performing this surgery. A stepwise approach is recommended starting from NSAID and colchicine, corticosteroid and colchicine, a combination of the three options (NSAID, colchicine and corticosteroids), then azathioprine, IVIG, or anakinra as last medical options before pericardiectomy.

  9. Characteristics, Complications, and Treatment of Acute Pericarditis.

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    Kloos, Janet A

    2015-12-01

    Acute pericarditis occurs most frequently after a viral attack. Other causes are autoimmune conditions, infection, chest trauma, cardiac surgery, or cardiac procedure. The presenting symptom is retrosternal chest pain. A pericardial rub is characteristic. Diffuse upward sloping ST segments are found with electrocardiogram. Pericardial effusions may be demonstrated with an echocardiogram. High-dose nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications are the primary treatment. Adding colchicine reduces recurrence. It responds well to pharmacologic therapy within 1 to 2 weeks. Monitoring for complications is essential. The most serious complication is cardiac tamponade. For this, prompt diagnosis and treatment can be life-saving. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Spooky Suspects

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    Pacifici, Lara

    2011-01-01

    This activity presents an option for covering biology content while engaging students in an investigation that highlights the spirit of Halloween. Students are engaged in the story line and have fun trying to solve the mystery kidnapping by using science skills to examine the evidence and eliminate some ghoulish suspects. (Contains 1 figure.)

  11. [Recurrent autoreactive pericardial effusion. Impact of an aetiological classification of pericarditis].

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    Maisch, B; Karatolios, K; Pankuweit, S

    2006-09-29

    A 36 year-old man suffered from fever, fatigue, pleurodynia and precordial discomfort. His family physician suspected febrile tracheobronchitis and treated it with ampicillin for 5 days. Because symptoms persisted an ECG was done which suggested acute myocardial infarction. The patient underwent an emergency coronary angiography which excluded coronary artery disease and aortic dissection. Pericarditis was suspected and the patient put on aspirin, 500 mg/d. Because of persisting cardiac symptoms an echocardiography was performed which revealed systolic separation between epi- and pericardium, characteristic of a small pericardial effusion after acute pericarditis. The symptoms improved after one week of treatment with diclofenac and the ECG had become normal. Two months later the patient was seen at our cardiac outpatient clinic. He had night sweats, sporadic precordial pain and severe dyspnoe. Further investigations revealed tachycardia (120/min), hypotension (95/70 mm Hg), pulsus paradoxus and jugular vein sustension. Echocardiography revealed a large pericardial effusion ("swinging heart"), which explained the low voltage and the electrical alternans in the ECG. Pericardiocentesis was carried out the same day to relieve the tamponade. It was followed by pericardioscopy and epi- as well as pericardial biopsy. 485 ml of a serous effusion were drained. Cytology and histology demonstrated a lymphocytic fibrinous pericarditis. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on viral and bacterial RNA and DNA of potentially cardiotropic agents remained negative. The pigtail catheter was left in place and 80 mg of gentamycin were given intrapericardially on day 1 and 2, followed by 500 mg of crystalloid triamcinolone acetate after the PCR was found to be negative. Oral treatment with 0.5 mg colchicine three times a day (off-label use) was started and maintained for 6 months. After 9 months no effusion was detected and the patient was free of symptoms. After exclusion of bacterial and

  12. Accuracy of computed tomography findings in acute pericarditis.

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    Hammer, Mark M; Raptis, Constantine A; Javidan-Nejad, Cylen; Bhalla, Sanjeev

    2014-12-01

    Acute pericarditis is a close clinical mimic of pulmonary embolism (PE) in the emergency department, and thus many of these patients are evaluated with chest computed tomography (CT). To study whether CT findings can be diagnostic of acute pericarditis. Using the electronic medical record, we retrospectively identified 46 cases of acute pericarditis and 46 control patients with pericardial effusions due to volume overload, all of whom underwent CT examination. Cases were reviewed by two blinded academic thoracic radiologists. The majority, 67%, of the pericarditis cases were evaluated with PE-protocol CTs. Pericardial thickening/enhancement was the most accurate single parameter for pericarditis, with sensitivity of 54-59% and specificity of 91-96%. CT findings, while not sensitive for pericarditis, are diagnostic, with few false-positives. Radiologists should be attentive to pericardial thickening or enhancement on CT studies done for chest pain, as they may be able to suggest pericarditis as an alternative diagnosis for the chest pain. © The Foundation Acta Radiologica 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  13. Futility of pericardiectomy for postirradiation constrictive pericarditis

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    Ni, Y.; von Segesser, L.K.; Turina, M. (University Hospital, Zuerich (Switzerland))

    1990-03-01

    Two patients underwent pericardiectomy for postirradiation constrictive pericarditis. Both had received radiotherapy (more than 6,000 rads) for treatment of Hodgkin's disease 17 (patient 2) and 20 years (patient 1) earlier. At the time of operation, the patients were in New York Heart Association functional class III-IV or IV. Preoperative catheterization showed the following pressures for patients 1 and 2, respectively: right atrial, 30 and 14 mm Hg; right ventricular end-diastolic, 28 and 14 mm Hg; wedge, 29 and 13 mm Hg; and left ventricular end-diastolic, 27 and 14 mm Hg. Complete epicardiectomy and pericardiectomy was attempted in both patients. However, hospital mortality was 100%; patient 1 died of multiorgan failure after six days, and patient 2 died of biventricular failure after 3 months. A review of the literature revealed 44 cases of pericardiectomy for postirradiation constrictive pericarditis and a late survival rate of less than 50%. The poor results in these patients compared with patients having pericardiectomy for other reasons seem to be due mainly to the various kinds of radiation-induced damage to the heart as a whole, including untimely coronary artery disease, myocardial fibrosis, atrioventricular conduction disturbances, and valve dysfunction, with the result that complete relief by epicardiectomy and pericardiectomy may not be technically feasible. 13 references.

  14. MR of childhood tuberculous meningitis

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    Schoeman, J.; Donald, P.; Hewlett, R.

    1988-12-01

    MR imaging was performed on 27 children with stage II-III tuberculous meningitis for the specific purpose of examining the brainstem, as well as comparison with other CT features of the disease. In addition to defining the ischemic disturbances of basal ganglia and diencephalon more clearly, MR also demonstrates the frequent occurrence of parenchymal signal abnormalities in the brainstem and adjacent temporal lobes, which are invisible or uncertain on CT. Although the presence of brainstem abnormalities on MR correlated well with clinical findings of brainstem dysfunction, clinical staging on admission remains the best prognostic indicator in advanced TBM. We also review the MR features of basal exudation, hydrochephalus and tuberculoma.

  15. Graves’ disease as an uncommon cause of acute pericarditis

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    Kortekaas, Kirsten; van der Lienden, Bas; Jong, Simone; Riezebos, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Acute pericarditis is either dry, fibrinous or effusive, independent of its aetiology. A case is presented involving a 44-year-old man with acute pericarditis. The cause was established to be an aggravation of Graves’ disease due to non-compliance with treatment. Pericarditis is an uncommon cardiac complication of Graves’ disease and is associated with more recurrent episodes when not detected. Pharmacological treatment should include anti-inflammatory drugs in combination with treatment for hyperthyroidism. The specific pathophysiological link between the two conditions is still to be elucidated. PMID:24769665

  16. A Case of Oculomotor Nerve Palsy and Choroidal Tuberculous Granuloma Associated with Tuberculous Meningoencephalitis

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    Moon, Sunghyuk; Chang, Woohyok

    2008-01-01

    We report a rare case of oculomotor nerve palsy and choroidal tuberculous granuloma associated with tuberculous meningoencephalitis. A 15-year-old male visited our hospital for an acute drop of the left eyelid and diplopia. He has been on anti-tuberculous drugs (isoniazid, rifampin) for 1 year for his tuberculous encephalitis. A neurological examination revealed a conscious clear patient with isolated left oculomotor nerve palsy, which manifested as ptosis, and a fundus examination revealed choroidal tuberculoma. Other anti-tuberculous drugs (pyrazinamide, ethambutol) and a steroid (dexamethasone) were added. After 3 months on this medication, ptosis of the left upper eyelid improved and the choroidal tuberculoma decreasedin size, but a right homonymous visual field defect remained. When a patient with tuberculous meningitis presents with abrupt onset oculomotor nerve palsy, rapid re-diagnosis should be undertaken and proper treatment initiated, because the prognosis is critically dependent on the timing of adequate treatment. PMID:18784452

  17. Cholesterol pericarditis. A specific but rare cause of pericardial disease

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available During a diagnostic investigation in a 40-year-old male with pericardial effusion associated with hypothyroidism, cholesterol pericarditis was detected. We report a brief review on the etiopathogeny, clinical findings, and therapeutical possibilities of this entity.

  18. PERICARDITIS: ETIOLOGY, CLASSIFICATION, CLINIC, DIAGNOSTICS, TREATMENT. PART II

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    Full Text Available Pericarditis maybe caused by different agents: viruses, bacteria, tuberculosis, and it may be autoimmune. All these types of diseases have similar clinical signs, but differ by prevalence, prognosis and medical tactics. Due to achievements of radial methods of visualization, molecular biology, and immunology, we have an opportunity to provide early specific diagnostics and etiological treatment of inflammatory diseases of pericardium. The second part of lecture presents main principles of differential diagnostics of specific types of pericarditis, gives characteristics of several often accruing types of disease, and describes treatment and tactics of management of patients with pericarditis.Key words: children, pericarditis.(Voprosy sovremennoi pediatrii — Current Pediatrics. 2009;8(3:76-81

  19. Angiosarcoma of the Heart Presenting as Subacute Pericarditis.

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    Joseph, Alexandra L; Wilklow, Frank E; Olivier, John J; Joseph, Georges J; Glancy, David Luke

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    A young woman, who presented with what appeared to be subacute pericarditis, was found to have primary angiosarcoma of the heart, a condition that is nearly always fatal regardless of the therapy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Cochrane Corner: Colchicine in acute and recurrent pericarditis.

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    Caldeira, Daniel; Vaz-Carneiro, António; Costa, João

    2015-11-01

    The potential anti-inflammatory effect of colchicine has been explored in many conditions, including pericarditis. The Cochrane Collaboration Systematic Review included four randomized controlled trials enrolling 564 patients with acute pericarditis (two studies) or recurrent pericarditis (two studies), followed for a period of 20-24 months. Colchicine was associated with a significant reduction in short-term persistence of chest pain and in long-term risk of recurrence of pericarditis. No significant increase in overall adverse events was observed. Despite the available evidence, the use of colchicine in this context remains strictly off-label. Copyright © 2015 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  1. A Unique Case of Relapsing Polychondritis Presenting with Acute Pericarditis

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    John V. Higgins

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    Full Text Available Relapsing polychondritis (RP is an inflammatory disease of the cartilaginous tissue primarily affecting the cartilaginous structures of the ear, nose, joints, and the respiratory system. Cardiovascular complications of RP are associated with high morbidity and mortality and occur most commonly as valvular disease. Pericarditis is a less common complication, occurring in 4% of patients with RP and has not previously been described at presentation. We describe a case of relapsing polychondritis with acute pericarditis at presentation.

  2. Seasonal patterns of acute and recurrent idiopathic pericarditis.

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    Hammer, Yoav; Bishara, Jihad; Eisen, Alon; Iakobishvili, Zaza; Kornowski, Ran; Mager, Aviv

    2017-09-15

    Idiopathic pericarditis is presumed to result from viral infection. The incidence rates of some viral infections have typical seasonal patterns. The data in the literature on a possible seasonal pattern of acute pericarditis are very limited. The mechanism and possible seasonality of recurrent episodes are not well established . The incidence of acute idiopathic pericarditis has a seasonal pattern. The computerized database of a tertiary, university-affiliated hospital was searched for all patients admitted with a first episode of acute idiopathic pericarditis between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2015. Patients for whom a nonviral etiology for the pericarditis was identified were excluded. The final cohort included 175 patients (75% male) ages 19 to 86 years (median = 50.0 ± 18.2 years). The incidence of the disease was twice as high during the colder half of the year (October-March) than the warmer half, peaking in the first quarter (January-March, P = 0.001). This first-quarter peak was observed in each of the 6 years examined. Comparison of the patients who acquired pericarditis during peak and nonpeak quarters yielded no differences in baseline characteristics, peak body temperature, white blood cell count, C-reactive protein level, or frequency of myocardial involvement or liver enzyme elevation. No seasonal pattern was identified for recurrent episodes of pericarditis (n = 57). Acute idiopathic pericarditis appears to have a seasonal pattern with a distinct late winter peak. No seasonal pattern was identified for recurrent episodes. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Evaluation and Treatment of Pericarditis: A Systematic Review.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Gaita, Fiorenzo; LeWinter, Martin

    2015-10-13

    Pericarditis is the most common form of pericardial disease and a relatively common cause of chest pain. To summarize published evidence on the causes, diagnosis, therapy, prevention, and prognosis of pericarditis. A literature search of BioMedCentral, Google Scholar, MEDLINE, Scopus, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews was performed for human studies without language restriction from January 1, 1990, to August 31, 2015. After literature review and selection of meta-analyses, randomized clinical trials, and large observational studies, 30 studies (5 meta-analyses, 10 randomized clinical trials, and 16 cohort studies) with 7569 adult patients were selected for inclusion. The etiology of pericarditis may be infectious (eg, viral and bacterial) or noninfectious (eg, systemic inflammatory diseases, cancer, and post-cardiac injury syndromes). Tuberculosis is a major cause of pericarditis in developing countries but accounts for less than 5% of cases in developed countries, where idiopathic, presumed viral causes are responsible for 80% to 90% of cases. The diagnosis is based on clinical criteria including chest pain, a pericardial rub, electrocardiographic changes, and pericardial effusion. Certain features at presentation (temperature >38°C [>100.4°F], subacute course, large effusion or tamponade, and failure of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug [NSAID] treatment) indicate a poorer prognosis and identify patients requiring hospital admission. The most common treatment for idiopathic and viral pericarditis in North America and Europe is NSAID therapy. Adjunctive colchicine can ameliorate the initial episode and is associated with approximately 50% lower recurrence rates. Corticosteroids are a second-line therapy for those who do not respond, are intolerant, or have contraindications to NSAIDs and colchicine. Recurrences may occur in 30% of patients without preventive therapy. Pericarditis is the most common form of pericardial disease worldwide and may

  4. Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm as a fatal complication of purulent pericarditis.

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    Sunkara, Bharath; Briasoulis, Alexandros; Afonso, Luis; Ramappa, Preeti

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of a 48-year-old man with purulent pericarditis by Streptococcus viridans, despite aggressive treatment with antibiotics and partial pericardiectomy was complicated by left ventricle pseudo-aneurysm resulting in a fatal outcome. The case highlights the course of complicated purulent pericarditis and the use of noninvasive imaging for assessing early signs of pseudoaneurysm and its typical progression. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  5. Streptococcus intermedius: An Unusual Case of Purulent Pericarditis

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    Kara J. Denby

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purulent pericarditis is a rare diagnosis with life-threatening implications due to the rapid accumulation of pericardial material, swiftly progressing to tamponade physiology. The nature of its quickly evolving and severe implications demands a low threshold for diagnostic consideration where appropriate. We present an unusual case of purulent pericarditis secondary to Streptococcus intermedius in a previously healthy male adolescent without traditional risk factors, which raises the question of whether emergent S. intermedius species may have acquired novel molecular mechanisms.

  6. Regional pericarditis status post cardiac ablation: a case report.

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    Orme, Joseph; Eddin, Moneer; Loli, Akil

    2014-09-01

    Regional pericarditis is elusive and difficult to diagnosis. Healthcare providers should be familiar with post-cardiac ablation complications as this procedure is now widespread and frequently performed. The management of regional pericarditis differs greatly from that of acute myocardial infarction. A 52 year-old male underwent atrial fibrillation ablation and developed severe mid-sternal chest pain the following day with electrocardiographic findings suggestive of acute myocardial infarction, and underwent coronary angiography, a left ventriculogram, and 2D transthoracic echocardiogram, all of which were unremarkable without evidence of obstructive coronary disease, wall motion abnormalities, or pericardial effusions. Ultimately, the patient was diagnosed with regional pericarditis. After diagnosis, the patient's presenting symptoms resolved with treatment including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents and colchicine. This is the first reported case study of regional pericarditis status post cardiac ablation. Electrocardiographic findings were classic for an acute myocardial infarction; however, coronary angiography and left ventriculogram demonstrated no acute coronary occlusion or ventricular wall motion abnormalities. Healthcare professionals must remember that the electrocardiographic findings in pericarditis are not always classic and that pericarditis can occur status post cardiac ablation.

  7. Recurrent pericarditis in children and adolescents: a multicentre cohort study.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Brucato, Antonio; Pluymaekers, Nikki; Breda, Luciana; Calabri, Giovanni; Cantarini, Luca; Cimaz, Rolando; Colimodio, Filomena; Corona, Fabrizia; Cumetti, Davide; Cuccio, Chiara Di Blasi Lo; Gattorno, Marco; Insalaco, Antonella; Limongelli, Giuseppe; Russo, Maria Giovanna; Valenti, Anna; Finkelstein, Yaron; Martini, Alberto

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    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. 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]. Recurrences were idiopathic or viral in 89.1% of cases, followed by postpericardiotomy syndrome (9.1%) and familial Mediterranean fever (0.9%). Recurrent pericarditis was treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in 80.9% of cases, corticosteroids in 64.8% and colchicine was added in 61.8%. Immunosuppressive therapies were administered in 15.5% of patients after subsequent recurrences. After a median follow-up of 60th months, 528 subsequent recurrences were recorded (median 3, range 2-25). Corticosteroid-treated patients experienced more recurrences (standardized risk of recurrence per 100 person-years was 93.2 for patients treated with corticosteroids and 45.2 for those without), side effects and disease-related hospitalizations (for all P pericarditis developed in 2.7% of patients. Recurrent pericarditis has an overall favourable prognosis in children, although it may require frequent readmissions and seriously affect the quality of life, especially in patients treated with corticosteroids. Colchicine or anakinra therapies were associated with significant decrease in the risk of recurrence.

  8. Prognostic implications of epicardial fat volume quantification in acute pericarditis.

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    Lazaros, George; Antonopoulos, Alexios S; Oikonomou, Evangelos K; Vasileiou, Panagiotis; Oikonomou, Evangelos; Stroumpouli, Evangelia; Karavidas, Apostolos; Antoniades, Charalambos; Tousoulis, Dimitris

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    The pathophysiology of acute pericarditis remains largely unknown, and biomarkers are needed to identify patients susceptible to complications. As adipose tissue has a pivotal role in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis, we hypothesized that quantification of epicardial fat volume (EFV) provides prognostic information in patients with acute pericarditis. Fifty (n = 50) patients with first diagnosis of acute pericarditis were enrolled in this study. Patients underwent a cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan to quantify EFV on a dedicated workstation. Patients were followed up in hospital for atrial fibrillation (AF) development and up to 18 months for the composite clinical endpoint of development of constrictive, recurrent or incessant pericarditis or poor response to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients presenting with chest pain had lower EFV vs. patients without chest pain (167·2 ± 21·7 vs. 105·1 ± 11·1 cm3 , respectively, P pericarditis during follow-up (per 20 cm3 increase in EFV: OR = 0·802 [0·656-0·981], P pericarditis. Measurement of EFV by CT may have important prognostic implications in these patients. © 2016 Stichting European Society for Clinical Investigation Journal Foundation.

  9. A case of radiation-induced chronic constrictive pericarditis developing 16 years after irradiation

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    Hirose, Yoshiaki; Ishida, Yoshio; Hayashida, Kohei; Toyama, Takuji; Hamada, Seiki; Miyatake, Kunio; Imakita, Masami (National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan)); Uehara, Toshiisa; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    1993-09-01

    We reported a 51-yr-old female with radiation-induced chronic constrictive pericarditis. At age 29, she had received mastectomy and postoperative irradiation because of left breast cancer. At age 45, she had syncope and was diagnosed with complete atrioventricular block and a pacemaker was implanted. At that time, pericardial thickening with effusion was noted. The following year, tricuspid regurgitation was noted. On catheter study, a dip and plateau pattern of the right ventricular pressure curve appeared. At age 50, tricuspid regurgitation worsened due to the lead wire of the pacemaker compressing the leaflet, and the pacemaker was reimplanted. However, the following year, she complained of general fatigue and dyspnea and was admitted to our hospital. On [sup 67]Ga study, diffuse accumulation in the cardiac region appeared. There was no perfusion defect detected in the myocardium, but right myocardial damage was suspected by thallium study. In [sup 99m]Tc-HSA RI angiography, right atrium dilatation appeared and a pericardial halo around the ventricles was seen. She underwent pericardectomy, tricuspid replacement and pacemaker reimplanted, but she died. On autpsy, pericardial thickening and adhesion, right myocardial fibrosis, the fibrotic change of the bundle branches were seen. We reported a case of radiation-induced constrictive pericarditis. Radionuclide studies were useful in diagnosing and following the patient. (author).

  10. Magnetic resonance imaging findings in tuberculous meningoencephalitis

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    Pui, M.H.; Memon, W.A. [Aga Khan Univ. Hospital, Dept. of Radiology, Karachi (Pakistan)

    2001-02-01

    To evaluate the efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for distinguishing tuberculosis from other types of meningoencephalitis. MRIs of 100 patients with tuberculous (50), pyogenic (33), viral (14), or fungal (3) meningoencephalitis were analyzed independently by 2 radiologists. Number, size, location, signal characteristics, surrounding edema, and contrast enhancement pattern of nodular lesions; location and pattern of meningeal enhancement; extent of infarct or encephalitis and hydrocephalus were evaluated. Contrast-enhancing nodular lesions were detected in patients with tuberculous (43 of 50 patients), pyogenic (9 of 33), and fungal (3 of 3) infections. No nodules were detected in patients with viral meningoencephalitis. Using the criteria of 1 or more solid rim or homogeneously enhancing nodules smaller than 2 cm, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy for diagnosing tuberculous meningitis were 86.0%, 90.0% and 88.0%, respectively. Magnetic resonance imaging is useful in distinguishing tuberculous from pyogenic, viral and fungal meningoencephalitis. (author)

  11. cervical spinal tuberculosis with tuberculous otitis media ...

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    CERVICAL SPINAL TUBERCULOSIS WITH TUBERCULOUS OTITIS MEDIA MASQUERADING AS OTITIS EXTERNA MALIGNANS IN AN ELDERLY. DIABETIC PATIENT: CASE REPORT. A. Aderibigbe, MBBS .... extrapulmonary tuberculosis, but in children it may occur in isolation(3,7). In Nigeria, cervical tuberculosis.

  12. Abdominal tuberculous lymphadenopathy: MRI features

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    Backer, A.I. De [General Hospital Sint-Lucas, Department of Radiology, Ghent (Belgium); Mortele, K.J. [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, Division of Abdominal Imaging and Intervention, Boston, MA (United States); Deeren, D. [Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen, Department of Internal Medicine, Campus Stuivenberg, Antwerp (Belgium); Catholic University of Leuven, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospitals, Leuven (Belgium); Vanschoubroeck, I.J. [Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen, Department of Internal Medicine, Campus Stuivenberg, Antwerp (Belgium); Keulenaer, B.L. De [Royal Darwin Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Tiwi, NT (Australia)

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    The aim of this study was to describe the MRI features of abdominal tuberculous lymphadenopathy. MRI studies of 13 patients with abdominal tuberculous lymphadenopathy were reviewed with regard to anatomic distribution and size. Signal intensities, in relation to abdominal wall muscle, on unenhanced T1- and T2-weighted images and patterns of contrast enhancement of lymphadenopathy were evaluated in each patient. In each patient, the largest lymph node with the same imaging characteristic was evaluated. The upper paraaortic region was the most common site of involvement (n=12 patients), followed by the lesser omentum (n=10 patients), the anterior pararenal space (n=9 patients), the lower paraaortic area (n=8 patients), the small bowel mesentery (n=6 patients), the greater omentum (n=2 patients) and the originating site of the inferior mesenteric artery (n=2 patients). The mean lymph node size was 1.8 cm (range 0.5-5 cm). The overall mean lymph node number per patient was 16 (range 2-50). A total of 41 lymph nodes were evaluated in 13 patients. On T2-weighted images, 40 lesions were hyperintense and one lesion was isointense. Nine hyperintense lesions showed a hypointense peripheral rim and seven internal heterogeneity. Perinodal T2-hyperintensity was present in 23 lesions. The latter finding was valid for all patients. On T1-weighted images, 30 lesions were hypointense and 11 isointense. Nine hypointense lesions demonstrated a hyperintense peripheral rim, and six were heterogeneous. Contrast-enhanced fat-suppressed T1-weighted images demonstrated predominant peripheral enhancement in 28 lesions: (1) peripheral uniform, thin (n=19); (2) thick irregular, complete (n=3); and (3) conglomerate group of nodes showing peripheral and central areas of rim enhancement (n=6). Heterogeneous and homogeneous enhancement was present in ten and three lesions, respectively. Combinations of enhancing patterns in the same nodal group and different nodal groups were seen in eight and

  13. Differentiation of constrictive pericarditis from restrictive cardiomyopathy: the case for high-resolution dynamic tomographic imaging

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    Weiss, Robert M.; Otoadese, Eramosele A.; Oren, Ron M.

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    The syndrome of constrictive pericarditis (CP) presents a diagnostic challenge to the clinician. This study was undertaken to determine whether cine computed tomography (CT), a cardiac imaging technique with excellent temporal and spatial resolution, can reliably demonstrate the unique abnormalities of pericardial anatomy and ventricular physiology present in patients with this condition. A second goal of this study was to determine whether the presence of diseased thickened pericardium, by itself, imparts cardiac impairment due to abnormalities of ventricular diastolic function. Methods: Twelve patients with CP suspected clinically, in whom invasive hemodynamic study was consistent with the diagnosis of CP, underwent cine CT. They were subdivided into Group 1 (CP, N equals 5) and Group 2 (No CP, N equals 7) based on histopathologic evaluation of tissue obtained at the time of surgery or autopsy. A third group consisted of asymptomatic patients with incidentally discovered thickened pericardium at the time of cine CT scanning: Group 3 (ThP, N equals 7). Group 4 (Nl, N equals 7) consisted of healthy volunteer subjects. Results: Pericardial thickness measurements with cine CT clearly distinguished Group 1 (mean equals 10 +/- 2 mm) from Group 2 (mean equals 2 +/- 1 mm), with diagnostic accuracy of 100% compared to histopathological findings. In addition, patients in Group 1 had significantly more brisk early diastolic filling of both left and right ventricles than those in Group 2, which clearly distinguished all patients with, from all patients without CP. Patients in Group 3 had pericardial thicknesses similar to those in Group 1 (mean equals 9 +/- 1 mm, p equals NS), but had patterns of diastolic ventricular filling that were nearly identical to Group 4 (Nl). Conclusions: The abnormalities of anatomy and ventricular function present in the syndrome of constrictive pericarditis are clearly and decisively identified by cine CT. This allows a reliable distinction

  14. CT manifestation of cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis

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    Kim, Young Joo; Sung, Ki Jun; Kang, Myung Jae; Kim, Myung Soon [Yonsei University Wonju Medical College, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

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    Cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis is a commonly encountered disease, especially in adults. Differentiation from other lymphadenopathy and benign conditions such as cystic neck masses is important. CT findings of tuberculous lymphadenopathy in the abdomen and thorax are reported in many literatures. But there are only a few articles concerning cervical tuberculous lymphadenopathy. The authors retrospectively analyzed CT findings of 33 cases with cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis regarding distribution, contour, enhancing pattern, change of adjacent facial plane, and dermal and subcutaneous manifestations. We concluded that the presence of conglomerated nodal masses with central lucency, thick irregular rim of contrast enhancement and nodularity, varying degree of homogenous enhancement in smaller nodes,dermal and subcutaneous manifestations of inflammation such as thickening of overlying skin, engorgement of the lymphatics and thickening of adjacent muscles, and diffusely effaced fascial plane are suggestive of tuberculous lymphadenitis. However, some CT patterns of tuberculous adenitis may be seen in order diseases: for example, enhancement can occur in hyperplastic nodes, vascular metastasis (thyroid, melanoma, and hypernephroma), lymphoma, granulomatous disease, and Castleman's disease.

  15. Colchicine in addition to conventional therapy for pericarditis recurrence : An update meta-analysis.

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    Li, Y-L; Qiao, S-B; Wang, J-Y; Chen, Y-M; Luo, J; Zhang, H-F

    2016-11-01

    Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have investigated the use of colchicine and conventional therapy for reducing the recurrence of pericarditis in patients with acute pericarditis or post-pericardiotomy syndrome. However, the benefits of these treatments are variable. Studies were retrieved from PubMed, the Cochrane Library, and the EMBASE database. We identified nine RCTs with 1832 patients and a mean follow-up of 13.1 months. Overall, colchicine therapy significantly decreased the risk of pericarditis recurrence (odds ratio, OR 0.42; 95 % confidence interval, CI 0.33-0.52; P pericarditis-associated rehospitalization (OR 0.29; 95 % CI 0.16-0.53; P pericarditis was significantly lower in the colchicine therapy group, irrespective of prednisone use and the cause of pericarditis. Colchicine significantly decreases the rate of pericarditis recurrence, regardless of prednisone use and the cause of pericarditis. Larger studies are needed to confirm this effect.

  16. The efficacy of brain natriuretic peptide levels in differentiating constrictive pericarditis from restrictive cardiomyopathy.

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    Leya, Ferdinand S; Arab, Dinesh; Joyal, Dominique; Shioura, Krystyna M; Lewis, Bruce E; Steen, Lowell H; Cho, Leslie

    2005-06-07

    We sought to determine the usefulness of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) measurements to differentiate constrictive pericarditis (CP) from restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCMP). The differentiation of CP from RCMP may be clinically difficult and often requires hemodynamic assessment. No laboratory marker has been shown to differentiate the two conditions. We measured BNP levels in 11 patients suspected of having either CP or RCMP. All patients had hemodynamic assessment the day of BNP measurements. Six patients had CP and five patients had RCMP based on established hemodynamic criteria. Both CP and RCMP patients had similar elevation in intracardiac pressures. Despite similar pressures, the mean plasma BNP levels were significantly higher in RCMP compared to CP (825.8 +/- 172.2 pg/ml vs. 128.0 +/- 52.7 pg/ml, p RCMP compared to CP patients; BNP may prove to be a useful noninvasive marker for the differentiation of the two conditions.

  17. Recurrent Pericarditis, an Unexpected Effect of Adjuvant Interferon Chemotherapy for Malignant Melanoma

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    Farhan Ashraf

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Drug-induced pericarditis is a well-described cardiac pathology that can result from a variety of medications; however, interferon-mediated pericarditis is extremely rare. We present a case of a young female with recurrent pericarditis due to interferon therapy. The role of interferon in adjuvant chemotherapy is well known and yields good effect, but this case highlights the very uncommon phenomena of interferon induced pericarditis and the significant distress it can cause.

  18. Brucellar pericarditis: a report of four cases and review of the literature.

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    Kaya, Safak; Eskazan, Ahmet Emre; Elaldi, Nazif

    2013-06-01

    Brucellosis, a disease endemic in many countries including Turkey, is a systemic infectious disease. Cardiovascular complications are not frequent, and endocarditis is the main cardiac manifestation of brucellosis. Pericarditis in the absence of concomitant endocarditis is extremely rare. In this report, we present four patients with pericarditis caused by brucellosis in the absence of concomitant endocarditis, along with a review of the published literature on brucellar pericarditis. We also searched for clinically silent pericardial effusion among patients with brucellosis. We performed routine transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) on 72 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed brucellosis in the absence of any signs and symptoms of pericarditis over a period of 6 months. Three of our patients with brucellar pericarditis recovered fully after antibiotics. The other patient received 6 days of antibiotic treatment, and her signs and symptoms regressed, but after this the patient was lost to follow-up. We did not detect pericarditis among the 72 newly diagnosed patients. Brucellar pericarditis is a rare clinical entity, and the morbidity and mortality in patients with brucellar pericarditis is low. Pericardiocentesis should only be performed in patients with cardiac tamponade. Moreover, the choice of antibiotics and the duration of treatment do not differ between brucellosis cases with or without isolated pericarditis. Although the prevalence of pericarditis in brucellosis is low, brucellar pericarditis should always be kept in mind in patients with acute or chronic pericarditis, especially in areas where brucellosis is endemic. Copyright © 2013 International Society for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Viral communities associated with human pericardial fluids in idiopathic pericarditis.

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    Laura Fancello

    Full Text Available Pericarditis is a common human disease defined by inflammation of the pericardium. Currently, 40% to 85% of pericarditis cases have no identified etiology. Most of these cases are thought to be caused by an infection of undetected, unsuspected or unknown viruses. In this work, we used a culture- and sequence-independent approach to investigate the viral DNA communities present in human pericardial fluids. Seven viral metagenomes were generated from the pericardial fluid of patients affected by pericarditis of unknown etiology and one metagenome was generated from the pericardial fluid of a sudden infant death case. As a positive control we generated one metagenome from the pericardial fluid of a patient affected by pericarditis caused by herpesvirus type 3. Furthermore, we used as negative controls a total of 6 pericardial fluids from 6 different individuals affected by pericarditis of non-infectious origin: 5 of them were sequenced as a unique pool and the remaining one was sequenced separately. The results showed a significant presence of torque teno viruses especially in one patient, while herpesviruses and papillomaviruses were present in the positive control. Co-infections by different genotypes of the same viral type (torque teno viruses or different viruses (herpesviruses and papillomaviruses were observed. Sequences related to bacteriophages infecting Staphylococcus, Enterobacteria, Streptococcus, Burkholderia and Pseudomonas were also detected in three patients. This study detected torque teno viruses and papillomaviruses, for the first time, in human pericardial fluids.

  20. Regional Pericarditis Mimicking Inferior Myocardial Infarction following Abdominal Surgery

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    Ahmad T. Alhammouri

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    Full Text Available Acute pericarditis is common but illusive, often mimicking acute coronary syndrome in its clinical and electrocardiographic presentation. Regional pericarditis, though rare, presents further challenge with a paucity of published diagnostic criteria. We present a case of postoperative regional pericarditis and discuss helpful electrocardiographic findings. A 66-year-old male with history of open drainage of a liver abscess presented with abdominal pain and tenderness. CT of the abdomen was concerning for pneumatosis intestinalis of the distal descending colon. He underwent lysis of liver adhesions; exploration revealed only severe colonic impaction, for which he had manual disimpaction and peritoneal irrigation. Postoperatively, he developed sharp chest pain. Electrocardiogram revealed inferior ST elevation. Echocardiogram revealed normal left and right ventricular dimensions and systolic function without wall motion abnormalities. Emergent coronary angiography did not identify a culprit lesion, and left ventriculogram showed normal systolic function without wall motion abnormalities. He received no intervention, and the diagnosis of regional pericarditis was entertained. His cardiac troponin was 0.04 ng/dL and remained unchanged, with resolution of the ECG abnormalities in the following morning. Review of his preangiography ECG revealed PR depression, downsloping baseline between QRS complexes, and reciprocal changes in the anterior leads, suggestive of regional pericarditis.

  1. Viral communities associated with human pericardial fluids in idiopathic pericarditis.

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    Fancello, Laura; Monteil, Sonia; Popgeorgiev, Nikolay; Rivet, Romain; Gouriet, Frédérique; Fournier, Pierre-Edouard; Raoult, Didier; Desnues, Christelle

    2014-01-01

    Pericarditis is a common human disease defined by inflammation of the pericardium. Currently, 40% to 85% of pericarditis cases have no identified etiology. Most of these cases are thought to be caused by an infection of undetected, unsuspected or unknown viruses. In this work, we used a culture- and sequence-independent approach to investigate the viral DNA communities present in human pericardial fluids. Seven viral metagenomes were generated from the pericardial fluid of patients affected by pericarditis of unknown etiology and one metagenome was generated from the pericardial fluid of a sudden infant death case. As a positive control we generated one metagenome from the pericardial fluid of a patient affected by pericarditis caused by herpesvirus type 3. Furthermore, we used as negative controls a total of 6 pericardial fluids from 6 different individuals affected by pericarditis of non-infectious origin: 5 of them were sequenced as a unique pool and the remaining one was sequenced separately. The results showed a significant presence of torque teno viruses especially in one patient, while herpesviruses and papillomaviruses were present in the positive control. Co-infections by different genotypes of the same viral type (torque teno viruses) or different viruses (herpesviruses and papillomaviruses) were observed. Sequences related to bacteriophages infecting Staphylococcus, Enterobacteria, Streptococcus, Burkholderia and Pseudomonas were also detected in three patients. This study detected torque teno viruses and papillomaviruses, for the first time, in human pericardial fluids.

  2. A randomized trial of colchicine for acute pericarditis.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Brucato, Antonio; Cemin, Roberto; Ferrua, Stefania; Maggiolini, Stefano; Beqaraj, Federico; Demarie, Daniela; Forno, Davide; Ferro, Silvia; Maestroni, Silvia; Belli, Riccardo; Trinchero, Rita; Spodick, David H; Adler, Yehuda

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    Colchicine is effective for the treatment of recurrent pericarditis. However, conclusive data are lacking regarding the use of colchicine during a first attack of acute pericarditis and in the prevention of recurrent symptoms. In a multicenter, double-blind trial, eligible adults with acute pericarditis were randomly assigned to receive either colchicine (at a dose of 0.5 mg twice daily for 3 months for patients weighing >70 kg or 0.5 mg once daily for patients weighing ≤70 kg) or placebo in addition to conventional antiinflammatory therapy with aspirin or ibuprofen. The primary study outcome was incessant or recurrent pericarditis. A total of 240 patients were enrolled, and 120 were randomly assigned to each of the two study groups. The primary outcome occurred in 20 patients (16.7%) in the colchicine group and 45 patients (37.5%) in the placebo group (relative risk reduction in the colchicine group, 0.56; 95% confidence interval, 0.30 to 0.72; number needed to treat, 4; Ppericarditis, colchicine, when added to conventional antiinflammatory therapy, significantly reduced the rate of incessant or recurrent pericarditis. (Funded by former Azienda Sanitaria Locale 3 of Turin [now Azienda Sanitaria Locale 2] and Acarpia; ICAP ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00128453.).

  3. Occult Purulent Pericarditis Detected by Indium-111 Leukocyte Imaging*

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    Greenberg, Mark L.; Niebulski, Harvey I. J; Uretsky, Barry F.; Salerni, Rosemarie; Klein, Herbert A.; Forstate, William J.; Starzl, Thomas E.

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    Leukocyte imaging with indium-111 is-a relatively new technique which, to this point in time, has been discussed almost exclusively in the radiologic literature. Although this procedure has been used mainly to detect intra-abdominal infection, the thorax is routinely imaged along with the abdomen, and therefore detection of cardiac disease may be feasible. This case report is of a young woman after liver transplantation who developed occult purulent pericarditis initially detected by a leukocyte scan with indium-111. This case demonstrates that striking pericardial uptake on a whole-body indium-111 leukocyte scan can occur with purulent pericarditis, and it reemphasizes how insidiously purulent pericarditis may present in an immunosuppressed patient. PMID:6370622

  4. Purulent pericarditis and pneumonia caused by Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus.

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    Held, Jürgen; Schmitz, Roland; van der Linden, Mark; Nührenberg, Thomas; Häcker, Georg; Neumann, Franz-Josef

    2014-02-01

    Purulent pericarditis is a life-threatening disease that usually manifests following bacteraemia or through spreading from an intrathoracic focus. Only a few cases of this disease have been reported with Lancefield group C streptococci as aetiological agents, and the primary focus in these infections remains unknown. We report a case of purulent pericarditis with septic and cardiogenic shock, caused by Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus (group C) in a 51-year-old patient. The pathogen was possibly contracted through contact with horses. Most probably, it caused initially pneumonia before spreading to the pericardium, either directly or via the bloodstream. A combined therapeutic approach, consisting of antibiotic therapy and repeated pericardial drainage, was necessary to ensure a clinical cure. After discharge, long-term follow-up for development of constrictive pericarditis is considered mandatory.

  5. Long-evolution ascites in a patient with constrictive pericarditis

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    Full Text Available Constrictive pericarditis (CP is an uncommon disease resulting from chronic pericardial inflammation, fibrosis and calcification. Since there are atypical forms of presentation, with subtle or nonexistent cardiorespiratory symptoms, diagnosis may be challenging and difficult. Recurrent ascites in patients with congestive hepatopathy due to constrictive pericarditis is, in most cases, reversible after pericardiectomy. Nevertheless, development of persistent liver dysfunction may be a long-term complication. The present case describes a 23 years old man with growth delay, dyspnoea and long evolution ascites, whose exhaustive etiological investigation led to diagnosis. Afterwards the patient underwent elective surgery with symptom and general condition improvement. Ascites differential diagnosis and its association with constrictive pericarditis are briefly reviewed in this article.

  6. Tuberculous Lymphadenopathy Mimicking Pancreatic Neoplasm

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    Hoshino, Kunikazu; Arakaki, Shingo; Shibata, Daisuke; Maeshiro, Tatsuji; Hokama, Akira; Kinjo, Fukunori; Shiraishi, Masayuki; Nishimaki, Tadashi; Fujita, Jiro

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    Abdominal tuberculosis (TB) is the sixth most common location of extrapulmonary TB involvement. Because its symptoms and signs are often nonspecific, laboratory and imaging findings mimic other diseases including carcinoma. Therefore, the diagnosis of abdominal TB is challenging. We herein report a case of 74-year-old woman who presented with abdominal pain, anorexia, and weight loss. She had been given a diagnosis of pancreatic head carcinoma. Laboratory data was unremarkable except for elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate, CA125, and sIL-2R. CT scan revealed multiple enlarged peripancreatic lymph nodes and concentric thickening of the ileocecal wall. Colonoscopy demonstrated deformed ileocecal valve and erosions. Histological examination showed epithelioid granulomas. Laparoscopy revealed numerous white tubercles diffusely covering the parietal peritoneum. Histopathological images of peripancreatic lymph node revealed large multiple caseating granulomas surrounded by Langhans_giant cells and epithelioid cells. Polymerase chain reaction and culture of the specimens were positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculous lymphadenopathy, colitis, and peritonitis were finally diagnosed. She responded well to the antitubercular treatment. PMID:22851977

  7. A prospective study of the incidence of myocarditis/pericarditis and new onset cardiac symptoms following smallpox and influenza vaccination.

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    Full Text Available Although myocarditis/pericarditis (MP has been identified as an adverse event following smallpox vaccine (SPX, the prospective incidence of this reaction and new onset cardiac symptoms, including possible subclinical injury, has not been prospectively defined.The study's primary objective was to determine the prospective incidence of new onset cardiac symptoms, clinical and possible subclinical MP in temporal association with immunization.New onset cardiac symptoms, clinical MP and cardiac specific troponin T (cTnT elevations following SPX (above individual baseline values were measured in a multi-center prospective, active surveillance cohort study of healthy subjects receiving either smallpox vaccine or trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV.New onset chest pain, dyspnea, and/or palpitations occurred in 10.6% of SPX-vaccinees and 2.6% of TIV-vaccinees within 30 days of immunization (relative risk (RR 4.0, 95% CI: 1.7-9.3. Among the 1081 SPX-vaccinees with complete follow-up, 4 Caucasian males were diagnosed with probable myocarditis and 1 female with suspected pericarditis. This indicates a post-SPX incidence rate more than 200-times higher than the pre-SPX background population surveillance rate of myocarditis/pericarditis (RR 214, 95% CI 65-558. Additionally, 31 SPX-vaccinees without specific cardiac symptoms were found to have over 2-fold increases in cTnT (>99th percentile from baseline (pre-SPX during the window of risk for clinical myocarditis/pericarditis and meeting a proposed case definition for possible subclinical myocarditis. This rate is 60-times higher than the incidence rate of overt clinical cases. No clinical or possible subclinical myocarditis cases were identified in the TIV-vaccinated group.Passive surveillance significantly underestimates the true incidence of myocarditis/pericarditis after smallpox immunization. Evidence of subclinical transient cardiac muscle injury post-vaccinia immunization is a finding that requires further

  8. A prospective study of the incidence of myocarditis/pericarditis and new onset cardiac symptoms following smallpox and influenza vaccination.

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    Engler, Renata J M; Nelson, Michael R; Collins, Limone C; Spooner, Christina; Hemann, Brian A; Gibbs, Barnett T; Atwood, J Edwin; Howard, Robin S; Chang, Audrey S; Cruser, Daniel L; Gates, Daniel G; Vernalis, Marina N; Lengkeek, Marguerite S; McClenathan, Bruce M; Jaffe, Allan S; Cooper, Leslie T; Black, Steve; Carlson, Christopher; Wilson, Christopher; Davis, Robert L

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    Although myocarditis/pericarditis (MP) has been identified as an adverse event following smallpox vaccine (SPX), the prospective incidence of this reaction and new onset cardiac symptoms, including possible subclinical injury, has not been prospectively defined. The study's primary objective was to determine the prospective incidence of new onset cardiac symptoms, clinical and possible subclinical MP in temporal association with immunization. New onset cardiac symptoms, clinical MP and cardiac specific troponin T (cTnT) elevations following SPX (above individual baseline values) were measured in a multi-center prospective, active surveillance cohort study of healthy subjects receiving either smallpox vaccine or trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV). New onset chest pain, dyspnea, and/or palpitations occurred in 10.6% of SPX-vaccinees and 2.6% of TIV-vaccinees within 30 days of immunization (relative risk (RR) 4.0, 95% CI: 1.7-9.3). Among the 1081 SPX-vaccinees with complete follow-up, 4 Caucasian males were diagnosed with probable myocarditis and 1 female with suspected pericarditis. This indicates a post-SPX incidence rate more than 200-times higher than the pre-SPX background population surveillance rate of myocarditis/pericarditis (RR 214, 95% CI 65-558). Additionally, 31 SPX-vaccinees without specific cardiac symptoms were found to have over 2-fold increases in cTnT (>99th percentile) from baseline (pre-SPX) during the window of risk for clinical myocarditis/pericarditis and meeting a proposed case definition for possible subclinical myocarditis. This rate is 60-times higher than the incidence rate of overt clinical cases. No clinical or possible subclinical myocarditis cases were identified in the TIV-vaccinated group. Passive surveillance significantly underestimates the true incidence of myocarditis/pericarditis after smallpox immunization. Evidence of subclinical transient cardiac muscle injury post-vaccinia immunization is a finding that requires further study

  9. New electrocardiographic criteria to differentiate acute pericarditis and myocardial infarction.

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    Rossello, Xavier; Wiegerinck, Rob F; Alguersuari, Joan; Bardají, Alfredo; Worner, Fernando; Sutil, Mario; Ferrero, Andreu; Cinca, Juan

    2014-03-01

    Transmural myocardial ischemia induces changes in QRS complex and QT interval duration but, theoretically, these changes might not occur in acute pericarditis provided that the injury is not transmural. This study aims to assess whether QRS and QT duration permit distinguishing acute pericarditis and acute transmural myocardial ischemia. Clinical records and 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) at ×2 magnification were analyzed in 79 patients with acute pericarditis and in 71 with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). ECG leads with maximal ST-segment elevation showed longer QRS complex and shorter QT interval than leads with isoelectric ST segment in patients with STEMI (QRS: 85.9 ± 13.6 ms vs 81.3 ± 10.4 ms, P = .01; QT: 364.4 ± 38.6 vs 370.9 ± 37.0 ms, P = .04), but not in patients with pericarditis (QRS: 81.5 ± 12.5 ms vs 81.0 ± 7.9 ms, P = .69; QT: 347.9 ± 32.4 vs 347.3 ± 35.1 ms, P = .83). QT interval dispersion among the 12-ECG leads was greater in STEMI than in patients with pericarditis (69.8 ± 20.8 ms vs 50.6 ± 20.2 ms, P pericarditis, show prolongation of QRS complex and shortening of QT interval in ECG leads with ST-segment elevation. These new findings may improve the differential diagnostic yield of the classical ECG criteria. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Morganella morganii Pericarditis in a Patient with Multiple Myeloma

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    Takafumi Nakao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purulent pericarditis caused by Morganella morganii is extremely rare. We report herein a case of a 61-year-old man who presented with chest pain and dyspnea fourteen days after chemotherapy for multiple myeloma. Echocardiogram and computed tomography revealed a massive pericardial effusion and associated cardiac tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was performed. Pericardial fluid was found to be purulent, and Morganella morganii was isolated from the fluid. The patient was successfully treated with antibiotic therapy and surgical drainage of the fluid. Morganella morganii should be considered a possible pathogen when immunocompromised patients develop purulent pericarditis.

  11. Fulminant Pneumococcal Pericarditis in a Previously Healthy Patient.

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    Trpkov, Cvetan; Nath, Ermin; Moon, Michael; Windram, Jonathan; Graham, Michelle M

    2017-04-01

    Purulent pericarditis is a rare acutely life-threatening condition. Initial symptoms, signs, and investigations can be nonspecific. Echocardiography is invaluable for establishing the diagnosis and initial management. We present a case of a previously healthy patient with purulent pericarditis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in the absence of a primary focus of infection. The patient deteriorated rapidly with cardiac tamponade and septic shock and was managed successfully by a combined medical and surgical approach. Copyright © 2016 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Pericardial cytokines in neoplastic, autoreactive, and viral pericarditis.

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    Ristić, Arsen D; Pankuweit, Sabine; Maksimović, Ružica; Moosdorf, Rainer; Maisch, Bernhard

    2013-05-01

    Pericardial cytokine patterns in various diseases are not well established. We have analyzed pericardial proinflammatory (interleukin (IL)-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha) and immunoregulatory cytokines (transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1 and interferon (IFN)-gamma) in patients with pericarditis, myocarditis, and ischemic heart disease. Pericardial fluid was obtained in 30 subsequent patients undergoing pericardiocentesis (Group 1: 60 % males, 52.4 ± 14.2 years) and in 21 patients during aortocoronary bypass surgery (Group 2: 42.9 % males, age 67.2 ± 7.4 years). After clinical, laboratory, echocardiography examination, fiberoptic pericardioscopy (Storz-AF1101Bl, Germany) and pericardial/epicardial biopsy Group 1 was subdivided to 40 % neoplastic, 36.6 % autoreactive, 10 % iatrogenic, and 13.3 % viral pericarditis. Samples were promptly aliquoted, frozen, and stored at -70 °C. The cytokines were estimated using quantikine enzyme amplified-sensitivity immuno-assays (R&D Systems, USA) and the results compared between neoplastic, viral, iatrogenic, and autoreactive pericarditis and surgical groups. IL-6 was significantly increased in PE versus serum in all forms of pericarditis (except in autoreactive) and increased in comparison with pericardial fluid of surgical patients. TNF-alpha was increased only in PE of patients with viral pericarditis in comparison with Group 2. TGF-beta1 was strikingly lower in the PE than in the serum of all pericarditis patients. However, TGF-beta1 levels in PE were significantly higher in Group 1 than in Group 2, except in viral pericarditis. IFN-gamma levels did not significantly differ between PE and serum or in comparison with Group 2. The cytokine pattern "high TNF-alpha/low TGF-beta1" was found in viral pericarditis and low IL-6 in autoreactive PE. Different etiologies of pericardial inflammation did not influence the IFN-gamma levels. IL-6 pericardial to serum ratio was significantly higher in autoreactive

  13. A Case of Primary Bacterial Pericarditis with Recurrent Cardiac Tamponade.

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    Yoshizane, Takashi; Yamamoto, Takeshi; Hayashi, Hiroshi; Kitamura, Mitsunobu; Miyachi, Hideki; Hosokawa, Yusuke; Akutsu, Koichi; Shimizu, Wataru

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    Cardiac tamponade is an important and potentially lethal complication of acute pericarditis. However, recurrence of cardiac tamponade is rare when it is treated appropriately. We present a 49-year-old man with bacterial pericarditis and recurrent cardiac tamponade, which was caused by the rupture of an upper part of the left atrium (LA). According to the autopsy findings, bacteremia from Staphylococcus aureus developed on a substrate of poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and spread to the pericardium via the blood. Subsequently, tissue necrosis developed from the pulmonary trunk and aorta to the LA, leading to recurrence of cardiac rupture and cardiac tamponade.

  14. Streptococcus pneumoniae-associated pneumonia complicated by purulent pericarditis: case series.

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    Cillóniz, Catia; Rangel, Ernesto; Barlascini, Cornelius; Piroddi, Ines Maria Grazia; Torres, Antoni; Nicolini, Antonello

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    In the antibiotic era, purulent pericarditis is a rare entity. However, there are still reports of cases of the disease, which is associated with high mortality, and most such cases are attributed to delayed diagnosis. Approximately 40-50% of all cases of purulent pericarditis are caused by Gram-positive bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae in particular. We report four cases of pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by pericarditis, with different clinical features and levels of severity. In three of the four cases, the main complication was cardiac tamponade. Microbiological screening (urinary antigen testing and pleural fluid culture) confirmed the diagnosis of severe pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by purulent pericarditis. In cases of pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by pericarditis, early diagnosis is of paramount importance to avoid severe hemodynamic compromise. The complications of acute pericarditis appear early in the clinical course of the infection. The most serious complications are cardiac tamponade and its consequences. Antibiotic therapy combined with pericardiocentesis drastically reduces the mortality associated with purulent pericarditis.

  15. Tuberculous and brucellosis meningitis differential diagnosis

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    Erdem, Hakan; Senbayrak, Seniha; Gencer, Serap

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    BACKGROUND: The Thwaites and Lancet scoring systems have been used in the rapid diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). However, brucellar meningoencephalitis (BME) has similar characteristics with TBM. The ultimate aim of this study is to infer data to see if BME should be included in the dif......BACKGROUND: The Thwaites and Lancet scoring systems have been used in the rapid diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). However, brucellar meningoencephalitis (BME) has similar characteristics with TBM. The ultimate aim of this study is to infer data to see if BME should be included...

  16. Effect of rehabilitation on a patient suffering from a tuberculous brain abscess with Gerstmann's syndrome: case report

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    Full Text Available Chih-Lan Kuo1, Sui-Foon Lo1,2, Chun-Lin Liu3, Chia-Hui Chou4, Li-Wei Chou1,2,5¹Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; ²School of Chinese Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; 3Department of Neurosurgery, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; 4Department of Infectious disease, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; 5Department of Physical Therapy, China Medical University, Taichung, TaiwanAbstract: There are few reports in the literature of tuberculous brain abscess. Tuberculous brain abscess usually occurs in an immunocompromised host. Almost all previously documented cases have involved acquired immune deficiency syndrome. We encountered a 53-year-old right-handed immunocompetent male who was initially suspected of having a cerebrovascular accident due to acute-onset right hemiparesis and paresthesia. A tentative diagnosis of brain tumor versus brain abscess was made on imaging studies. The patient was finally diagnosed with a tuberculous brain abscess based upon deterioration on imaging and a positive tuberculosis culture. The tuberculous brain abscess was located in the left parietal lobe, which resulted in Gerstmann's syndrome and right-sided apraxia. Stereotactic surgery was performed. He was also given antituberculosis chemotherapy and comprehensive rehabilitation. Considerable improvement was noted after rehabilitation. The patient even returned to a normal life and work. Our case demonstrates that an aggressive intensive inpatient rehabilitation program combined with stereotactic surgery and effective antituberculosis therapy play an important role in improving the outcome for patients with tuberculous brain abscess, Gerstmann's syndrome, and right-sided apraxia.Keywords: tuberculous brain abscess, Gerstmann's syndrome, rehabilitation

  17. MR angiography in tuberculous meningitis

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    Kalita, Jayantee; Prasad, Sreeram; Maurya, Pradeep K.; Misra, Usha K. (Dept. of Neurology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Inst. of Medical Sciences, Lucknow (India)), Email: drukmisra@rediffmail.com; Kumar, Sunil (Dept. of Radiodiagnosis, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Inst. of Medical Sciences, Lucknow (India))

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    Background: Infarctions in tuberculous meningitis (TBM) are common but there is a paucity of studies on MR angiography (MRA). Purpose: To evaluate the pattern and predictors of MRA abnormality in patients with TBM. Material and Methods: Sixty-seven patients with TBM were subjected to clinical, laboratory, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and MRA evaluation. The severity of meningitis, focal deficit, CSF findings, and stroke co-morbidities were recorded. Presence of exudates, infarction, hydrocephalous, and tuberculoma on MRI were noted. On intracranial MRA, occlusion or more than 50% narrowing of proximal middle cerebral artery (MCA), anterior cerebral artery (ACA) and posterior cerebral artery (PCA), and basilar artery were considered abnormal. The MRA abnormality was correlated with clinical, laboratory, and MRI findings. Results: Sixty-seven patients, aged 3-75 years (median 34 years) were included. MRI was abnormal in 61 (91%) patients; basal exudates in 24, hydrocephalous in 23, tuberculoma in 33, and infarction in 40. MRA was abnormal in 34 (50.7%); MCA was most commonly involved (n = 21), followed by PCA (n = 14), ICA (n = 8), ACA (n 5), basilar artery (n = 5), and vertebral and superior cerebellar artery (1 each). One-fourth of the patients had abnormality in both anterior and posterior circulations. MRA abnormality was related to hydrocephalous and infarction; corresponding infarct was present in 61.8% patients; 41.7% patients with abnormal MRA developed infarct at 3 months but none with normal MRA. Conclusion: Half the patients with TBM had MRA abnormality involving both anterior and posterior circulations and 61.8% of them had corresponding infarcts

  18. Constrictive Pericarditis and Rheumatoid Nodules with Severe Aortic Incompetence

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    Booth, Karen; Herron, Brian; Sheppard, Mary N.; Parissis, Haralambos

    2014-01-01

    The case of a female patient presenting with constrictive rheumatoid pericarditis and aortic incompetence secondary to valvular rheumatoid nodules is described along with a review of the literature with the aim to highlight this rare cause of aortic insufficiency. PMID:24715913

  19. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda with Constrictive Pericarditis: A Rare Association

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    Kaur Jasleen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Porphyria cutanea tarda(PCT is characterised by photosensitivity and bulla formation on photoexposed parts which heals with scaring and pigmentation. PCT is frequently associated with diabetes mellitus, lupus erythematosus and hepetitis C virus infection. We are reporting and Indian patient of PCT associated with pericarditis which is very rare.

  20. Constrictive Pericarditis and Rheumatoid Nodules with Severe Aortic Incompetence

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    Rory Beattie

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The case of a female patient presenting with constrictive rheumatoid pericarditis and aortic incompetence secondary to valvular rheumatoid nodules is described along with a review of the literature with the aim to highlight this rare cause of aortic insufficiency.

  1. Myocarditis And Pericarditis In The Pediatric Patient: Validated Management Strategies.

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    Bergmann, Kelly R; Kharbanda, Anupam; Haveman, Lauren

    2015-07-01

    Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory conditions of the heart commonly caused by viral and autoimmune etiologies, although many cases are idiopathic. Emergency clinicians must maintain a high index of suspicion for these conditions, given the rarity and often nonspecific presentation in the pediatric population. Children with myocarditis may present with a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild flu-like symptoms to overt heart failure and shock, whereas children with pericarditis typically present with chest pain and fever. The cornerstone of therapy for myocarditis includes aggressive supportive management of heart failure, as well as administration of inotropes and antidysrhythmic medications, as indicated. Children often require admission to an intensive care setting. The acute management of pericarditis includes recognition of tamponade and, if identified, the performance of pericardiocentesis. Medical therapies may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and colchicine, with steroids reserved for specific populations. This review focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children with myocarditis and/or pericarditis, with an emphasis on currently available medical evidence.

  2. Clozapine-Induced Pericarditis | Markovic | African Journal of ...

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    Objective: To report a case of a patient treated with clozapine who developed pericarditis with pericardial effusion that resolved when the drug was discontinued. Method: Case report of a 21-year-old man with psychotic disorder that had been stable on clozapine therapy for five months (after failure of atypical antipsyhotic ...

  3. Grand Rounds: Asbestos-Related Pericarditis in a Boiler Operator

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    Abejie, Belayneh A.; Chung, Eugene H.; Nesto, Richard W.; Kales, Stefanos N.

    2008-01-01

    Context Occupational and environmental exposures to asbestos remain a public health problem even in developed countries. Because of the long latency in asbestos-related pathology, past asbestos exposure continues to contribute to incident disease. Asbestos most commonly produces pulmonary pathology, with asbestos-related pleural disease as the most common manifestation. Although the pleurae and pericardium share certain histologic characteristics, asbestos-related pericarditis is rarely reported. Case presentation We present a 59-year-old man who worked around boilers for almost 30 years and was eventually determined to have calcific, constrictive pericarditis. He initially presented with an infectious exacerbation of chronic bronchitis. Chest radiographs demonstrated pleural and pericardial calcifications. Further evaluation with cardiac catheterization showed a hemodynamic picture consistent with constrictive pericarditis. A high-resolution computerized tomography scan of the chest demonstrated dense calcification in the pericardium, right pleural thickening and nodularity, right pleural plaque without calcification, and density in the right middle lobe. Pulmonary function testing showed mild obstruction and borderline low diffusing capacity. Discussion Based on the patient’s occupational history, the presence of pleural pathology consistent with asbestos, previous evidence that asbestos can affect the pericardium, and absence of other likely explanations, we concluded that his pericarditis was asbestos-related. Relevance to clinical practice Similar to pleural thickening and plaque formation, asbestos may cause progressive fibrosis of the pericardium. PMID:18197304

  4. Tuberculous brain abscess-Case report

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    Veenu Gupta

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In spite of recent advances in understanding of disease, tuberculosis still remains a major health problem, particularly in developing countries. Central nervous system tuberculosis may present as commonly encountered tuberculous meningitis or tuberculous mass lesions and rare tuberculous brain abscess (TBA. We report a case of tuberculous brain abscess in a patient of chronic liver disease with pulmonary hypertension and HCV infection. A 48 years old male presented with headache and abnormal behavior. There was no history of fever, vomiting, loss of consciousness, seizures, trauma and loss of weight and appetite. On examination patient was conscious but confused. No sensory- motor deficit was revealed on neurological examination. Chest x ray showed no abnormality. Mantoux test was positive. Magnetic resonance imaging of brain showed large , well defined marginally enhancing focal mass lesion in left frontal lobe. Evacuation of brain abscess done and frank creamy pus was aspirated and was sent for gram staining, Ziehl Neelsen staining, fungal smear and culture for both pyogenic and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Gram staining revealed no microorganisms. No growth of pyogenic organisms obtained. No fungal hypha was seen. Ziehl Neelsen staining was positive for acid fast bacilli and growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was obtained. Patient was put on anti tubercular treatment. Patient responded well and discharged in satisfactory condition.

  5. Contralateral paradoxical response to chemotherapy in tuberculous ...

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    Pleural effusions may occur as a complication of primary tuberculosis or an established pulmonary or extrapulmonary infection. New formation or expansion of a tuberculous lesion during chemotherapy is referred to as paradoxical response. Paradoxical response has been described to occur weeks or months after starting ...

  6. PERICARDITIS CONSTRICTIVA EN UNA MUJER DE 36 AÑOS / Constrictive Pericarditis in a 36 year-old woman

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    Tessa Negrín Valdés

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available ResumenPaciente femenina, de 36 años de edad, con antecedentes de dos gestaciones, dos partos y ningún aborto, que en el año 2003 tras su segundo parto, distócico por cesárea, desarrolla una pericarditis de causa no precisada que produjo un derrame pericárdico grave con signos de taponamiento cardíaco, y requirió ingreso hospitalario y pericardiocentesis. Siete años después se identifican, en la consulta de Cardiología, síntomas clínicos de una pericarditis constrictiva, corroborada por ecocardiograma y cateterismo derecho; actualmente ingresa para pericardiectomía, evaluada como alto riesgo quirúrgico. / Abstract36 year-old female patient, with a history of two pregnancies, two births and no abortion, who in 2003 after her second delivery (cesarean for dystocia she developed pericarditis of undetermined cause that produced a severe pericardial effusion with signs of cardiac tamponade and required hospital admission and pericardiocentesis. Seven years later, in the Cardiology service, clinical symptoms of constrictive pericarditis are identified and confirmed by echocardiography and right heart catheterization. This patient has been recently admitted for pericardiectomy, and evaluated as high surgical risk.

  7. Tuberculous adenitis from Mycobacterium bovis: a case report

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction. Tuberculous lymphadenitis, which currently is most often caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, was once mainly caused by Mycobacterium bovis. Objective. To describe an unusual case of tuberculous adenitis from Mycobacterium bovis. Case report. A woman with a history of consuming raw milk and unsupervised dairy home-made products presents with cervical adenitis of 5 month course unassociated to other symptoms. A diagnosis of Mycobacterium bovis tuberculous adenitis was made by bi...

  8. Pericarditis as a Marker of Occult Cancer and a Prognostic Factor for Cancer Mortality.

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    Søgaard, Kirstine Kobberøe; Farkas, Dóra Körmendiné; Ehrenstein, Vera; Bhaskaran, Krishnan; Bøtker, Hans Erik; Sørensen, Henrik Toft

    2017-09-12

    Pericarditis may be a serious complication of malignancy. Its significance as a first symptom of occult cancer and as a prognostic factor for cancer survival is unknown. Using Danish medical databases, we conducted a nationwide cohort study of all patients with a first-time diagnosis of pericarditis during 1994 to 2013. We excluded patients with previous cancer and followed up the remaining patients for subsequent cancer diagnosis until November 30, 2013. We calculated risks and standardized incidence ratios of cancer for patients with pericarditis compared with the general population. We assessed whether pericarditis predicts cancer survival by the Kaplan-Meier method and Cox regression using a matched comparison cohort of cancer patients without pericarditis. Among 13 759 patients with acute pericarditis, 1550 subsequently were diagnosed with cancer during follow-up. The overall cancer standardized incidence ratio was 1.5 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.4-1.5), driven predominantly by increased rates of lung, kidney, and bladder cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, and unspecified metastatic cancer. The pericarditis was 2.7%, and the standardized incidence ratio was 12.4 (95% CI, 11.2-13.7). The 3- to pericarditis, respectively, and the hazard ratio was 1.5 (95% CI, 1.3-1.8). One-year survival was 65% and 70%, respectively, corresponding to a 3- to Pericarditis may be a marker of occult cancer and augurs increased mortality after a cancer diagnosis. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  9. Ofloxacin penetration into tuberculous pleural effusion.

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    Yew, W W; Lee, J; Chan, C Y; Cheung, S W; Wong, P C; Kwan, S Y

    1991-10-01

    After 3 days of treatment with ofloxacin (300 mg given orally once daily), the drug levels in serum and pleural fluid 2 and 4 h after drug administration in patients with tuberculous pleural effusion were assessed by a rapid high-performance liquid chromatography assay. The levels in serum (mean +/- standard error of the mean [SEM]) were 4.70 +/- 0.14 and 4.63 +/- 0.09 mg/liter 2 and 4 h after administration, respectively, and the levels in pleural fluid (mean +/- SEM) were 3.82 +/- 0.09 and 4.21 +/- 0.08 mg/liter, respectively. The pleural fluid-to-serum ofloxacin ratio at 2 h was 0.82 +/- 0.02 (mean +/- SEM), and the ratio at 4 h was 0.92 +/- 0.02 (mean +/- SEM). This study demonstrated very good penetration of ofloxacin into pleural fluid in tuberculous pleuritis.

  10. Three cases of tuberculous otitis media

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    Oh, Jin Hwan; Sung, Ki Joon; Kim, Myung Soon; Kwon, Taek Sang; Yoon, Byoung Moon [Yonsei Univ. Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

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    We report the imaging features of three cases of tuberculous otitis media. All three patients underwent temporal bone CT scanning, and in two, additional MRI scanning was performed. The three cases showed soft tissue density in the external auditory canal, and in two, destruction of the trabeculation and internal cortex of the mastoid bone was noted. In two patients with facial palsy, erosion of the facial canal was seen. On MRI, abundant granulomatous tissue was noted in the middle ear cavity and mastoid air cells. In one case, abnormal enhancement of the cochlea, and of the facial and eighth cranial nerve in the internal acoustic canal was seen. Another case showed enhancement of the vestibule and lateral semicircular canal. If radiologic evaluation of chronic otitis media reveals destruction of the tegmen and trabeculation of the mastoid bone, together with abundant granulation tissue and enhancement of the internal ear, tuberculous otitis media may be included in the differential diagnosis.

  11. Primary tuberculous lymphadenitis: A case report.

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    Nagalakshmi, Velpula; Nagabhushana, Doggalli; Aara, Anjum

    2010-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a prevalent systemic bacterial infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is estimated that approximately 8 million people develop TB each year, and 3 million people die of complications associated with the disease. In this article we report a case of a 17-year-old female patient with a painful swelling in her right submandibular region. She was diagnosed with right submandibular tuberculous lymphadenitis. Tuberculous lymphadenitis, when occurring in the cervical region, continues to be a common cause of extrapulmonary TB. TB is a recognized occupational risk for dentists, as they work in close proximity to the nasal and oral cavities of patients, with the possible generation of potentially infectious sprays during routine operative procedures.

  12. Primary mediastinal tuberculous abscess: Demonstration with MR

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    Gupta, R.K.; Jena, A.; Prakash, R.; Sharma, B.K.; Talukdar, B.; Pant, K.

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    An unusual case of primary mediastinal tuberculous abscess is presented in whom the diagnosis was obtained on magnetic resonance (MR) and ultrasound (US) guided aspiration cytology. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated from direct smear as well as from culture of the 'pus'. Normal spine signal with MR and normal bone scintigraphy excluded any vertebral focus of infection. MR was helpful in defining the extent and characterising the abscess besides excluding a vertebral focus of infection.

  13. Purulent Pericarditis after Liver Abscess: A Case Report

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    María Fidalgo García

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the case of a 49-year-old woman, with previous clinical antecedents of recent hepatic metastasis, who was admitted to the ICU due to respiratory failure and hemodynamic instability. She was found to have purulent pericarditis complicated by pericardial tamponade and pleural effusion, as well as surgical site infection, which was the origin of the disease. Cultures of the surgical wound and the pericardial effusion were positive for Enterococcus faecalis and Escherichia coli. A pericardial tap was performed and the intra-abdominal abscess was surgically drained. Pleural effusion was also evacuated. She received antibiotic treatment and recovered successfully. The only after-effect was a well-tolerated effusive-constrictive pericarditis.

  14. Frequency of tuberculous and non-tuberculous mycobacteria in HIV infected patients from Bogota, Colombia

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    Murcia-Aranguren, Martha I; Gómez-Marin, Jorge E; Alvarado, Fernando S; Bustillo, José G; de Mendivelson, Ellen; Gómez, Bertha; León, Clara I; Triana, William A; Vargas, Erwing A; Rodríguez, Edgar

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    Background The prevalence of infections by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and non-tuberculous Mycobacterium species in the HIV-infected patient population in Colombia was uncertain despite some pilot studies. We determined the frequency of isolation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and of non-tuberculous Mycobacterium species in diverse body fluids of HIV-infected patients in Bogota, Colombia. Methods Patients who attended the three major HIV/AIDS healthcare centres in Bogota were prospectively studied over a six month period. A total of 286 patients were enrolled, 20% of them were hospitalized at some point during the study. Sixty four percent (64%) were classified as stage C, 25% as stage B, and 11% as stage A (CDC staging system, 1993). A total of 1,622 clinical samples (mostly paired samples of blood, sputum, stool, and urine) were processed for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) stain and culture. Results Overall 43 of 1,622 cultures (2.6%) were positive for mycobacteria. Twenty-two sputum samples were positive. Four patients were diagnosed with M. tuberculosis (1.4%). All isolates of M. tuberculosis were sensitive to common anti-tuberculous drugs. M. avium was isolated in thirteen patients (4.5%), but only in three of them the cultures originated from blood. The other isolates were obtained from stool, urine or sputum samples. In three cases, direct AFB smears of blood were positive. Two patients presented simultaneously with M. tuberculosis and M. avium. Conclusions Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium infections are frequent in HIV infected patients in Bogota. The diagnostic sensitivity for infection with tuberculous and non-tuberculous mycobacteria can be increased when diverse body fluids are processed from each patient. PMID:11722797

  15. Imaging features of tuberculous mastitis : Comparison with non-tuberculous mastitis

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    Won, Mi Sook; Chung, Soo Young; Yang, Ik; Lee, Yul; Kim, Young Mook; Lee, Myung Hwan [College of Medicine, Hallym Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hak Hee [College of Medicine, Catholic Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Im, Jung Gi [College of Medicine, Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-12-01

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate the characteristic findings of tuberculosis of the breast on mammogram, sonogram, and CT and to compare the results with the imaging feature of non-tuberculous mastitis. Using mammograms and sonograms, nine cases of tuberculosis of the breast were evaluated, and for four cases, CT was used. Aspects evaluated were contour, shape and size of the lesion, homogeneity of internal content, and extension of the lesion from/to the adjacent organs. Diagnosis was based on aspiration, surgery, and pathologic findings including acid-fast bacillus (AFB) staining. Mammograms and sonograms of 19 patients with non-tuberculous mastitis of the breast were reviewed. No cases of tuberculous mastitis presented clinical evidence of acute inflammation such as fever, swelling or skin redness. Nine cases of tuberculous mastitis were seen as a distinct mass on mammogram and sonogram. Four of nine cases (44.4%) showed a relatively smooth peripheral margin on mammogram and a cold abscess form on sonogram and CT. There were other foci of tuberculosis in the chest wall, anterior mediastinum, pleural cavity or lung. Five cases demonstrated as a nodular type on US. In the non-tuberculous mastitis group, and abscess with distinct margin or direct contiguity between a breast lesion and the adjacent organ was observed neither on mammogram nor on sonogram. In an afebrile patient, relative homogeneous density with distinct margin in the breast on mammogram and a fistulous connection or direct continuity between breat abscess form with the adjacent organ on sonogram or CT is a characteristic feature of the tuberculous mastitis. The cold abscess type is a frequent subtypes of this entity, and must also be included.

  16. Characterizing Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria Infection in Bronchiectasis

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    Paola Faverio

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Chronic airway infection is a key aspect of the pathogenesis of bronchiectasis. A growing interest has been raised on non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM infection. We aimed at describing the clinical characteristics, diagnostic process, therapeutic options and outcomes of bronchiectasis patients with pulmonary NTM (pNTM disease. This was a prospective, observational study enrolling 261 adult bronchiectasis patients during the stable state at the San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy, from 2012 to 2015. Three groups were identified: pNTM disease; chronic P. aeruginosa infection; chronic infection due to bacteria other than P. aeruginosa. NTM were isolated in 32 (12% patients, and among them, a diagnosis of pNTM disease was reached in 23 cases. When compared to chronic P. aeruginosa infection, patients with pNTM were more likely to have cylindrical bronchiectasis and a “tree-in-bud” pattern, a history of weight loss, a lower disease severity and a lower number of pulmonary exacerbations. Among pNTM patients who started treatment, 68% showed a radiological improvement, and 37% achieved culture conversion without recurrence, while 21% showed NTM isolation recurrence. NTM isolation seems to be a frequent event in bronchiectasis patients, and few parameters might help to suspect NTM infection. Treatment indications and monitoring still remain an important area for future research.

  17. A case of tuberculous pericardial effusion

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    Wanjari K

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculosis accounts for up to 4% of acute pericarditis and 7% cases of cardiac tamponade. Prompt treatment can be life saving but requires accurate diagnosis. We report a case of 30-year-old male who presented with fever, chills, and dry nonproductive cough since one month. The case was diagnosed by radiological findings, which were suggestive of pulmonary tuberculosis, followed by acid fast staining and culture of the aspirated pericardial fluid. The patient was responding to antitubercular treatment at the last follow up.

  18. Granulomatosis with polyangiitis and constrictive pericarditis--a case report.

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    Horne, A E; Henriksen, P A; Amft, E N

    2014-01-01

    Polyangiitis with granulomatosis, previously known as Wegener's granulomatosis, is a systemic necrotising granulomatous vasculitis. It predominantly affects the upper and lower respiratory tracts and the kidneys, but can potentially affect any organ system. It is diagnosed by clinical features, immunology (anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies) and histology. Cardiac involvement occurs in 6 to 44% of cases. We present a case of polyangiitis with granulomatosis and constrictive pericarditis, which occurred despite vigorous immunosuppression and which required surgical pericardectomy.

  19. Effectiveness and Safety of Anakinra for Management of Refractory Pericarditis.

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    Jain, Sonia; Thongprayoon, Charat; Espinosa, Raul E; Hayes, Sharonne N; Klarich, Kyle W; Cooper, Leslie T; Moder, Kevin G; Anavekar, Nandan S; Oh, Jae K; Matteson, Eric L

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    Recurrent pericarditis is a debilitating condition that can be recalcitrant to conventional therapy with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, colchicine, and glucocorticoids. The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic role of the recombinant interleukin-1 receptor antagonist anakinra in a series of adult patients with recurrent pericarditis refractory to conventional therapy. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 13 consecutive patients with treatment-refractory recurrent pericarditis who received anakinra for management of their disease. None of the patients had an identified systemic inflammatory rheumatic disease. The primary end points were symptom resolution and glucocorticoid discontinuation. Thirteen patients (10 women) treated with anakinra were followed for a median (range) of 16.8 months (1.3 to 24). All patients had chest pain. Total duration of symptoms before initiation of anakinra was 3 years (1.1 to 6.0). Pericardial thickening was detected by echocardiography in 9 patients (69%). All 13 patients (100%) experienced at least a partial and, most, a complete resolution of symptoms. Response to therapy was rapid, within 2 to 5 days. At last follow-up, 11 patients (84%) had successfully discontinued concomitant nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent, colchicine, and glucocorticoid therapy; 11 patients remained on anakinra at the end of the follow-up period. The only side effect was transient injection site reaction in 4 patients (31%). In conclusion, anakinra may be an effective alternative agent for the management of glucocorticoid-dependent recurrent pericarditis. Side effects were minor. A formal clinical trial to evaluate the usefulness of this agent should be considered. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Pericarditis aguda: diagnóstico electrocardiográfico

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    Full Text Available La pericarditis es un proceso inflamatorio del pericardio, por lo general relacionado con procesos virales respiratorios o gastrointestinales; esta entidad es una de las principales causas de dolor torácico en el servicio de urgencias. El médico debe estar familiarizado con las manifestaciones clínicas y el flujograma diagnóstico. El diagnóstico de la pericarditis usualmente es clínico, los estudios paraclínicos evidencian inflamación sistémica (leucocitosis, aumento de la VSG y PCR. Las enzimas cardíacas (CPK MB – Troponinas se encuentran elevadas en casos de compromiso miocárdico asociado (Miopericarditis. El ecocardiograma revela derrame pericárdico, y el electrocardiograma se caracteriza por elevación difusa del segmento ST. En este artículo revisaremos los principales cambios electrocardiográficos relacionados a la pericarditis aguda y sus complicaciones. (Duazary 2009-II 159-164

  1. Poor outcome in radiation-induced constrictive pericarditis

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    Karram, T.; Rinkevitch, D.; Markiewicz, W. (Technion Medical School, Haifa (Israel))

    1993-01-15

    The purpose was to compare the outcome of patients with radiation-induced constrictive pericarditis versus patients with constiction due to another etiology. Twenty patients with constrictive pericarditis were seen during 1975-1986 at a single medical center. Six had radiation-induced constrictive pericarditis (Group A). The etiology was idiopathic in ten subjects and secondary to carcinomatous encasement, chronic renal failure, purulent infection and tuberculosis in one patient each (Group B, N = 14). Meang age was 53.4 [+-] 15.5 years. Extensive pericardiectomy was performed in 3/6 Group A and 13/14 Group B patients. All Group A patients died, 4 weeks - 11 years post-diagnosis (median = 10 months). Two Group A patients died suddenly, one died post-operatively of respiratory failure, another of pneumonia and two of recurrent carcinoma. Thirteen Group B patients are alive (median follow-up = 72 months). The only death in this group was due to metastatic cancer. The poor outcome with radiation-induced constriction is probably multi-factorial. Poor surgical outcome is to be expected in patients with evidence of recurrent tumor, high-dose irradiation, pulmonary fibrosis or associated radiation-induced myocardinal, valvular or coronary damage.

  2. Successful treatment with tocilizumab of pericarditis associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Yoshida, Shuzo; Takeuchi, Tohru; Sawaki, Hideaki; Imai, Tamaki; Makino, Shigeki; Hanafusa, Toshiaki

    2014-07-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory disease often complicated by vasculitis. Pericarditis is a serious complication caused by vasculitis, resulting in retention of pericardial effusion that sometimes induces cardiac tamponade. We report a patient with RA in whom pericarditis improved after tocilizumab administration. A male patient was diagnosed with RA and chronic renal failure in 1980 and was treated with salazosulfapyridine, but disease activity remained high. In January 2012, at the age of 73 years, he developed organizing pneumonia as a complication and was admitted to our hospital. Treatment with prednisolone 30 mg/day was initiated. However, 20 days after initiation of treatment, chest pain and palpitation developed, and chest computed tomography (CT) and echocardiography (ECG) revealed retention of pericardial effusion without cardiac tamponade. Rheumatoid nodules and interstitial pneumonia were also observed, and serum C3 level was decreased. A diagnosis of pericarditis caused by vasculitis was made based on these findings, and tocilizumab 8 mg/kg was administered. His symptoms improved gradually, and chest CT and ECG showed no pericardial effusion after about 3 weeks. No adverse effects of tocilizumab were observed during the clinical course. Although there are only a few reports of the effects of tocilizumab on vasculitis associated with RA, tocilizumab administration appears worthwhile in RA patients with vasculitis who do not respond to conventional treatment.

  3. Management of persistent purulent pericarditis using streptokinase for intrapericardial fibrinolysis.

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    Ideh, R C; Pollock, L; Sanneh, A; Garba, D; Anderson, S T B; Corrah, T

    2014-08-01

    Purulent pericarditis (PP) is a very serious condition with almost 100% mortality if untreated. Intrapericardial fibrinolysis is a preferred alternative to pericardectomy in the treatment of persistent PP, but there are no consensus guidelines on the standard protocol for this procedure in children. A 9-year-old boy was referred to the Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia (MRC). He had been unwell for 18 days with a high continuous fever, cough, fast breathing, and dyspnoea on exertion. Prior to referral he had been treated for malaria and pneumonia with no improvement. At the MRC, he was diagnosed with purulent pericarditis caused by Staphylococcus aureus and after admission he was managed for 4 weeks with intravenous antibiotics, pericardial aspirations followed by saline lavage of the pericardium and intrapericardial antibiotic instillation. Despite these measures, massive re-accumulation of the purulent pericardial effusion continued. Once daily intrapericardial instillation of streptokinase at a dose of 18,000 i.u/kg diluted in 50 ml of normal saline, and saline washout of the pericardium after 2 hours was commenced on the 29th day of admission, in addition to the antibiotics. This technique of fibrinolysis employed for 2 days was effective in managing the persistent purulent pericarditis when pericardial aspiration and intravenous and intrapericardial antibiotics failed.

  4. Teste tuberculínico. Como optimizar?

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    Raquel Duarte

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Os testes utilizados no diagnóstico de infecção latente pelo Mycobacterium tuberculosis, o teste tuberculínico e o doseamento do interferão gama (IGRA identificam a existência de uma resposta imunológica adaptativa de memória contra os antigénios micobacterianos. Considerando as limitações dos dois testes, a melhor solução passa por tirar proveito das melhores características de cada um. A maior parte dos autores concorda com a utilização dos dois testes, utilizando os IGRA sobretudo na confirmação da positividade do teste tuberculínico (tirando proveito da sua maior especificidade.As características operativas do teste tuberculínico dependem da prevalência da doença na comunidade e dos objectivos da sua realização (as suas características são superiores quando utilizada no âmbito de rastreio ou como teste diagnóstico. Para interpretar correctamente um teste tuberculínico, o clínico deve conhecer a epidemiologia da tuberculose na comunidade e definir correctamente as indicações para a sua realização. Abstract: The tests used in the diagnosis of tuberculosis latent infection, the tuberculin skin test (TST and the interferon-gamma assays (IGRA, identify the existence of an adaptive immune response towards mycobacterial antigens. Considering the limitations of the two tests, the best solution is to take advantage of the best characteristics of each one. Most of the authors agree to the use of the two tests, using the IGRAS in the confirmation of a positive TST (because of its higher specificity. The operative characteristics of TST depend on the prevalence of the illness in the community and the aim of its use (its operative characteristics are higher when used in the tracing scope or as a diagnostic test. To interpret correctly a TST, the physician must know the epidemiology of tuberculosis in the community and correctly define the indications for its use. Palavras-chave: Tuberculose, teste tubercul

  5. Oral Tuberculous Ulcer - A Report of Two Cases

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    Renuka J Bathi

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous lesions of oral cavity had become so infrequent that it was virtually a forgotten disease entity but now due to increased prevalence of immunodefiency, incidence of tuberculous lesion has also increased. We report two cases, primary and secondary tuberculosis of oral mucosa presenting with history and clinical findings. We emphasize on early detection of and treatment of the same.

  6. Autopsied case of tuberculous meningitis showing interesting CT findings

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    Abiko, Takashi; Higuchi, Hiroshi; Imada, Ryuichi; Nagai, Kenichi (Iwate Prefectural Central Hospital (Japan))

    1983-11-01

    A 61-year-old female patient died of a neurological disorder of unknown origin one month after the first visit and was found to have had tuberculous meningitis at autopsy. CT revealed a low density area showing an enlargement of the cerebral ventricle but did not reveal contrast enhancement in the basal cistern peculiar to tuberculous meningitis.

  7. [Tuberculous meningoencephalitis revealed by psychiatric disorders: about a case].

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    Mouhadi, Khalid; Boulahri, Tarik; Rouimi, Abdelhadi

    2017-01-01

    Tuberculous meningoencephalitis is fairly frequent in endemic countries and it is the most severe form of tuberculosis. Therapeutic failure is common because of diagnostic delay. This delay is primarily due to a wide clinical polymorphism and, in particular, to misleading forms. We here report a rare clinical case of tuberculous meningitis in a patient in prodromal phase of psychosis.

  8. BCG vaccination status of children with tuberculous meningitis and ...

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    BCG vaccination status of children with tuberculous meningitis and the use of unsupervised isoniazid prophylaxis. P. R. Donald, L. E. van Zyl, J. de Villiers. From 1985 to 1992, 193 children with tuberculous meningitis (TBM) with a median age of 26 months were admitted to the Department of Paediatrics and Child. Health ...

  9. Cortical venous thrombosis – a rare complication of tuberculous ...

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    Vascular changes consisting of arterial narrowing with or without occlusion are frequently seen at autopsy in cases of tuberculous meningitis. We report one such case of tuberculous meningitis where the patient developed cortical venous thrombosis after 5 days of illness. She was treated empirically, initially, ...

  10. Quantitative proteomics for identifying biomarkers for tuberculous meningitis

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    Kumar Ghantasala S Sameer

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Tuberculous meningitis is a frequent extrapulmonary disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and is associated with high mortality rates and severe neurological sequelae. In an earlier study employing DNA microarrays, we had identified genes that were differentially expressed at the transcript level in human brain tissue from cases of tuberculous meningitis. In the current study, we used a quantitative proteomics approach to discover protein biomarkers for tuberculous meningitis. Methods To compare brain tissues from confirmed cased of tuberculous meningitis with uninfected brain tissue, we carried out quantitative protein expression profiling using iTRAQ labeling and LC-MS/MS analysis of SCX fractionated peptides on Agilent’s accurate mass QTOF mass spectrometer. Results and conclusions Through this approach, we identified both known and novel differentially regulated molecules. Those described previously included signal-regulatory protein alpha (SIRPA and protein disulfide isomerase family A, member 6 (PDIA6, which have been shown to be overexpressed at the mRNA level in tuberculous meningitis. The novel overexpressed proteins identified in our study included amphiphysin (AMPH and neurofascin (NFASC while ferritin light chain (FTL was found to be downregulated in TBM. We validated amphiphysin, neurofascin and ferritin light chain using immunohistochemistry which confirmed their differential expression in tuberculous meningitis. Overall, our data provides insights into the host response in tuberculous meningitis at the molecular level in addition to providing candidate diagnostic biomarkers for tuberculous meningitis.

  11. Tuberculate Supernumerary Teeth: Report of A Case Showing ...

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    Tuberculate supernumerary teeth are found in the maxillary anterior region. They usually result in oral problems such as malocclusion, food impaction, poor aesthetics and cyst formation. There is paucity of literature on this anomaly in our environment. This paper describes a case of tuberculate supernumerary teeth with ...

  12. Tuberculous lymphadenopathy: Experience from the referral center of Northern India

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    Singh, Saurabh Kumar; Tiwari, Kamlesh Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Background: Lymphadenopathy is the common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in the developing country like India. The aim of the study was to assess the clinical and the pathological features of tuberculous peripheral lymphadenopathy along with the effect of the antitubercular drugs on its clinical course. Materials and Methods: A prospective study was carried out in the department of pulmonary medicine from July 2013 to June 2014. Clinico-demographical and pathological characteristics of the patients of tuberculous lymphadenopathy were studied. Results: Two and four cases, 84 (41.2%) male and 120 (58.8%) females were diagnosed as the cases of tuberculous lymphadenopathy. Mean age of the patients were 28.45 ± 12.83. Palpable mass (100%) was the most common presenting feature. Cervical lymphadenopathy (92.6%) was the most common presentation of peripheral tuberculous lymphadenopathy. Most common cytological pattern seen was epithelioid granuloma with caseous necrosis (32.84%) followed by epithelioid granuloma without caseous necrosis on fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). Directly observed treatment short course (DOTS) for TB was effective in treating tuberculous lymphadenopathy. Conclusion: Tuberculous lymphadenopathy affects female more often than males. FNAC is the effective mean in diagnosing tuberculous lymphadenopathy. DOTS is the effective mean for treating tuberculous lymphadenopathy. PMID:27226690

  13. Pericarditis mediated by respiratory syncytial virus in a hematopoietic stem cell transplant patient.

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    Rubach, M P; Pavlisko, E N; Perfect, J R

    2013-08-01

    We describe a case of pericarditis and large pericardial effusion in a 63-year-old African-American man undergoing autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma. Pericardial tissue biopsy demonstrated fibrinous pericarditis, and immunohistochemistry stains were positive for respiratory syncytial virus. The patient improved with oral ribavirin and intravenous immune globulin infusions. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  14. Constrictive pericarditis presenting with an outpouching of the right ventricle free wall simulating an aneurysmal dilatation

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    Ocak, I; Turkbey, B; Lacomis, J M

    2011-01-01

    We present a case of constrictive pericarditis resulting in an outpouching of the right ventricular free wall, simulating a right ventricular free wall aneurysm. The present case is, to the best of our knowledge, the first reported right ventricular free wall aneurysm-like outpouching adjacent to surrounding regions of thickened pericardium in a patient with constrictive pericarditis. PMID:21325359

  15. Gallium/sup 67/ scintigraphy in fibrinous pericarditis associated with bacterial endocarditis

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    Martin, P.; Verhas, M.; Devriendt, J.; Goffin, Y.

    1982-04-01

    An 80-year-old man presented with pyrexia, progressive cardiac failure and inflammation. A diagnosis of pericarditis associated with bacterial endocarditis was suggested from Gallium 67 scintigraphy and confirmed at autopsy. This case of fibrinous pericarditis without effusion could not be diagnosed by echography or routine cardiopulmonary scintigraphy.

  16. Safety and efficacy of colchicine therapy in the prevention of recurrent pericarditis.

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    Eun, Judy; Smith, Andrew

    2014-08-01

    A review of published data on the safety and efficacy of colchicine therapy for primary and secondary prevention of pericarditis is presented. Colchicine has been used effectively as an antiinflammatory agent for gout and has shown promise as a treatment for acute and recurrent pericarditis. Several small studies have indicated that colchicine can decrease pericarditis symptom persistence at 72 hours and pericarditis recurrence rates at 18 months compared with conventional therapy (corticosteroids and aspirin or ibuprofen). A review of pooled data from four prospective randomized trials concluded that colchicine is safe and efficacious for the management of acute and recurrent pericarditis, with the results indicating lower rates of the respective primary and secondary endpoints of recurrent disease and symptom persistence in colchicine-treated patients. A separate meta-analysis of five studies found a reduced risk of pericarditis with colchicine use, suggesting that the drug may have clinical utility in both primary and secondary prevention. The accumulated evidence suggests that treatment with colchicine in the context of pericarditis is safe and well tolerated, with gastrointestinal intolerance being the most common adverse event documented in the clinical trials to date. Based on a review of the literature, prevention of recurrent pericarditis with colchicine can be considered a safe and effective option, though some patients have experienced gastrointestinal intolerance. Due to evidence that corticosteroids may potentially exacerbate the risk of relapse, colchicine may be a safer and preferable option. Copyright © 2014 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Constrictive pericarditis causing a positive TI-201 SPECT stress test for myocardial ischemia

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    Matthews, R.J.; Lightfoote, J.; Grusd, R.S. (Diagnostic Imaging of Southern California Medical Group, Sherman Oaks (USA))

    1990-08-01

    A case of constritive pericarditis was demonstrated by a positive thallium SPECT stress test for myocardial ischemia. After pericardiectomy, the repeat thallium stress test was normal. The disappearance of the criteria for a positive test suggests that constrictive pericarditis can cause myocardial ischemia, which can be demonstrated by thallium SPECT stress testing.

  18. Utility of BNP in differentiating constrictive pericarditis from restrictive cardiomyopathy in patients with renal insufficiency.

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    Reddy, Proddutur R; Dieter, Robert S; Das, Pranab; Steen, Lowell H; Lewis, Bruce E; Leya, Ferdinand S

    2007-10-01

    Differentiating between constrictive pericarditis (CP) and restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCMP) is difficult because of similar clinical and hemodynamic presentation. Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) has been reported a useful noninvasive biomarker to differentiate CP from RCMP; however, its utility in patients with renal insufficiency has not been evaluated. Consecutive patients with suspected CP or RCMP were enrolled. All but 7 patients underwent transseptal catheterization. BNP, renal function, and comorbid conditions were recorded at the time of the procedure. Renal function was estimated using the Cockcroft-Gault formula. Descriptive statistics, Student t-test, and Mann-Whitney U test were performed; P 90 mL/min, mean 118). BNP was higher in patients with CP and renal insufficiency versus those with CP and normal renal function (433 versus 116 pg/mL; P = .016). BNP in patients with CP and normal renal function was lower than in patients with RC (116 versus 728 pg/mL; P = .005). BNP has reduced clinical utility in renal insufficiency to differentiate CP from RCMP.

  19. The Use of IL-1 Receptor Antagonist (Anakinra) in Idiopathic Recurrent Pericarditis: A Narrative Review

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    Baskar, Shankar; Klein, Allan L.; Zeft, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Recurrent pericarditis is a complication of acute pericarditis in 20–30% of the patients and is usually idiopathic in nature. The underlying pathogenesis of this condition remains unclear, although immune-mediated mechanisms seem likely. A subgroup of these patients with refractory symptoms can be challenging to manage, and multiple immunosuppressive medications have been used without consistent benefit. Anakinra, an interleukin-1 receptor antagonist, has been used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and autoinflammatory syndromes. Preliminary evidence suggests that anakinra could be a promising therapy for idiopathic recurrent pericarditis. In this narrative review, we summarize the current understanding of the etiopathogenesis of idiopathic recurrent pericarditis, mechanism of action of anakinra, and the preliminary evidence, supporting the use of anakinra in pericarditis. PMID:26942035

  20. Myopericarditis and pericarditis in the deployed military member: a retrospective series.

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    Lin, Andrew H; Phan, Hoang-Anh L; Barthel, Robert V; Maisel, Alan S; Crum-Cianflone, Nancy F; Maves, Ryan C; Nayak, Keshav R

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we investigated the incidence and etiology of pericarditis and myopericarditis of military members deployed to Iraq and Kuwait from 2004 through 2008. The importance of acute pericarditis and myopericarditis in the deployed military service member has resurfaced with the reintroduction of the smallpox vaccination by the U.S. Department of Defense in 2002. There are limited epidemiologic data on acute pericarditis and myopericarditis in the general population. As a primary evacuation node for cardiology patients between 2004 and 2008, the United States Military Hospital Kuwait cardiology clinic was uniquely situated to reliably extrapolate epidemiologic data for U.S. Armed Service Members serving in the Middle East. Between these years, approximately 721,600 service members served in Kuwait and Iraq. A total of 70 cases of pericarditis and 9 cases of myopericarditis were diagnosed. This yields an estimated incidence of 7.4 and 0.95 cases per 100,000 per year for pericarditis and myopericarditis, respectively. A total of eleven patients had received the smallpox vaccine 4 to 30 days before being diagnosed with pericarditis or myopericarditis. Four of the eleven patients (36.3%) had pericarditis, with a mean duration of 28.3 days since vaccination. Seven of these eleven (63.6%) patients had myopericarditis, with a mean duration of 13.7 days since smallpox vaccination. The incidence of pericarditis and myopericarditis was lower than previously reported incidence rates in the population. In all cases of myopericarditis and pericarditis, smallpox vaccination was preferentially related to myopericarditis versus pericarditis.

  1. Ofloxacin penetration into tuberculous pleural effusion.

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    Yew, W.W.; Lee, J; C.Y. Chan; Cheung, S. W.; Wong, P.C; Kwan, S Y

    1991-01-01

    After 3 days of treatment with ofloxacin (300 mg given orally once daily), the drug levels in serum and pleural fluid 2 and 4 h after drug administration in patients with tuberculous pleural effusion were assessed by a rapid high-performance liquid chromatography assay. The levels in serum (mean +/- standard error of the mean [SEM]) were 4.70 +/- 0.14 and 4.63 +/- 0.09 mg/liter 2 and 4 h after administration, respectively, and the levels in pleural fluid (mean +/- SEM) were 3.82 +/- 0.09 and ...

  2. The microbiological diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis

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    Erdem, H; Ozturk-Engin, D; Elaldi, N

    2014-01-01

    We aimed to provide data on the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) in this largest case series ever reported. The Haydarpasa-1 study involved patients with microbiologically confirmed TBM in Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia......, Syria and Turkey between 2000 and 2012. A positive culture, PCR or Ehrlich-Ziehl-Neelsen staining (EZNs) from the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was mandatory for inclusion of meningitis patients. A total of 506 TBM patients were included. The sensitivities of the tests were as follows: interferon-γ release...

  3. [Tuberculous epididymitis caused by Mycobacterium bovis].

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    Mateos Colino, Alfonso; Sousa Escandón, Manuel Alejandro; Golpe Gómez, Rafael; García Figueras, Roberto; Pérez Valcarcel, Javier; Fernández, María Armesto

    2003-03-01

    To focus on the need of including tuberculosis among differential diagnoses of any epidymo-testicular mass, especially if its evolution is torpid. A 73-year-old man who presented with scrotum abscess underwent surgical drainage and antibiotic treatment, but suppuration relapsed through cutaneous fistulae. A epipidymectomy was then performed, which demonstrated tuberculous granulomas. Torax Rx showed a cystic apical pulmonary wound which was treated with 3 antituberculostatics for 12 months. Sputum culture was positive for Micobacterium Bovis. Aspirative punction under sonographic control is a valuable technique to avoid mutilating surgeries and to permit an almost always effective treatment, before the appearance of permanent lesions which lead to sterility.

  4. Tuberculous adenitis: comparison of CT and MRI findings with histopathological features

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    Backer, A.I. de [General Hospital Sint-Lucas, Department of Radiology, Ghent (Belgium); Mortele, K.J. [Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, Division of Abdominal Imaging and Intervention, Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Boston, MA (United States); Heuvel, E. van den [University Hospital of Antwerp, Department of Pathology, Edegem (Belgium); Vanschoubroeck, I.J. [Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen, Stuivenberg, Department of Internal Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium); Kockx, M.M. [Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen, Stuivenberg, Department of Pathology, Antwerp (Belgium); Vyvere, M. van de [Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen, Stuivenberg, Department of Microbiology, Antwerp (Belgium)

    2007-04-15

    Our aim was to investigate the relationship between the various histopathological features and the CT and MRI findings in routinely submitted histopathological specimens for the diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenopathy. Twelve formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue blocks from ten patients who were clinically suspected of having tuberculous lymphadenopathy were evaluated. We assessed the presence of histopathological features including granuloma formation, caseous necrosis, and presence of Langhans-type giant cells, calcifications, fibrosis or normal lymphoid tissue. We performed polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay for mycobacterial DNA and Ziehl-Neelsen staining for acid-fast bacilli (AFB). Findings were compared with those of CT and MRI, including signal intensities on unenhanced MR images, lymph node homogeneity, attenuation values on contrast-enhanced CT and enhancement patterns on MRI. Based on CT and MRI findings, four lymph node types could be defined: (1) homogeneous nodes, visible on both pre- and post-contrast images and corresponding histopathologically to granulation tissue without or with minimal caseation necrosis (n = 2); (2) heterogeneous nodes, showing heterogeneous enhancement patterns with central non-enhancing areas and corresponding to minor or moderate intranodal caseation/liquefaction necrosis (n = 3); (3) nodes showing peripheral rim enhancement and corresponding to moderate or extensive intranodal caseation/liquefaction necrosis (n = 5); (4) heterogeneous nodes showing intranodal hyperdensities on CT and hypointense areas on T1- and T2-weighted images and corresponding to fibrosis and calcifications (n = 2). On CT and MRI, the findings reflect different stages of the tuberculous process. Imaging findings depend on the presence and the degree of granuloma formation, caseation/liquefaction necrosis, fibrosis and calcifications. (orig.)

  5. Prediction of cerebrospinal fluid parameters for tuberculous meningitis.

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    Zou, Yueli; He, Junying; Guo, Li; Bu, Hui; Liu, Yajuan

    2015-09-01

    Tuberculous meningitis is the most lethal form of tuberculosis, but current diagnostic methods are inadequate. The measurement of cerebrospinal fluid parameters can provide early information for diagnosis. The present study focus on the validity of the cut-off value of cerebrospinal fluid parameters according to the Lancet consensus of scoring system for diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis. A total of 100 confirmed patients were enrolled in this study. We evaluated significance of protein level (>1 g/l), chloride level (50%), and neutrophil predominance (>50%) in early diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis. The cerebrospinal fluid parameters were significantly different between the tuberculous meningitis group and the control group. The independent factors for diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis were protein level (>1 g/l), glucose level (50%). Neutrophil predominance (>50%) performed the best with the area under the curve of 89.7%. The sensitivity of protein level (>1 g/l), glucose level (50%) for diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis were 66%, 58%, 86%, and 54%, and the specificity were 84%, 98%, 32%, and 98%. There are 84% patients in tuberculous meningitis group at least having two positive parameters among the four independent parameters, while only 10% in control group. The cerebrospinal fluid parameters can help the clinicians to make a prompt diagnosis in the early stage of the disease. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Microbiology and pathology of fibrinous pericarditis in Danish slaughter pigs

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    Buttenschøn, J.; Friis, N.F.; Aalbaek, B.

    1997-01-01

    The prevalence of fibrinous pericarditis detected at slaughter in Danish slaughter pigs is approximately 0.02 %. The microbiology and pathology of this disorder was studied through 46 field cases collected at slaughter from May 1994 to August 1995. Mycoplasmas (Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, M...... from the pericardium in three cases. The pericardium was sterile in three cases and contained a low grade mixed flora in two; the latter is believed to be a result of the slaughter procedure rather than an infection. No chlamydiae were found in connection with the microbiological examination...

  7. Fibrinous pericarditis secondary to bacterial infection in a cat.

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    Tagawa, Michihito; Kurashima, Chihiro; Shimbo, Genya; Omura, Hiroshi; Koyama, Kenji; Horiuchi, Noriyuki; Kobayashi, Yoshiyasu; Kawamoto, Keiko; Miyahara, Kazuro

    2017-06-10

    A three-year-old spayed domestic short-haired cat presented for evaluation of weight loss, cardiomegaly and pleural effusion. Echocardiographic examination demonstrated a thickened pericardium with mild pericardial effusion and a large volume of pleural effusion characterized by exudate. Although the cat was treated with antibiotics, the clinical symptoms did not improve. The cat developed dyspnea and died on day 7. Necropsy revealed a large amount of modified transudates ascites, pleural effusion and markedly dilated pericardium. Histopathological examination revealed severe exudation of fibrin and granulation tissue in a thick layer of the epicardium. The cat was diagnosed with fibrinous pericarditis secondary to bacterial infection.

  8. Analysis of 128 Cases With Tuberculous Pleurisy

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    Levent Akyıldız

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In our country, most common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis is tuberculous pleurisy. The mean age of patients is increasing to older age in developed countries in last 50 years but tuberculosis is still the illness of early ages in developing countries. We aimed to evaluate retrospectively clinical, radiological and laboratory findings and diagnostic methods of 128 patients with tuberculous pleurisy who were diagnosed as tuberculosis, between 1999 and 2005 in this study. Seventy six patients of all (%59 were males and fifty two cases were females(41% and mean age of all patients was 39±12 (15-74 year. Pleural adenosine deaminase level was evaluted in 19 patients and mean level of them was 62±23.7 IU/L. Most common symptoms were chest pain and cough. Tuberculosis pleurisy was unilateral in 97.6% of patients. Parenchymal infiltration on Chest X-ray was observed in 18 % of cases. Most common diagnostic method was (used pleural biopsy in 82% of patients. In conclusion, tuberculosis pleurisy is usually the diseases of young adults. In almost all of the patients, pleural effusion was unilateral and closed pleural biopsy presented high rates of diagnosis in a short time.

  9. Mammographic and sonographic features of tuberculous mastitis

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    Sakr, Ayman A. E-mail: fahmi.sakr@link.netaymansakr12345@hotmail.com; Fawzy, Rawya K.; Fadaly, Gylan; Baky, Moustafa Abdel

    2004-07-01

    From December 1999 to April 2001, 10 cases of tuberculous mastitis were presented to the Radiology Unit at the Medical Research Institute of Alexandria University for mammographic and sonographic evaluation. Sixty percent presented with masses, 50% mastalgia, 40% discharge, and 10% complained of skin sinus. In 30% of the patients the complaint was bilateral. All cases underwent full mammographic and ultrasonographic (US) studies, and US-guided fine needle aspiration. Also pathological, bacteriological analysis, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were done to all patients to prove the tuberculous nature of their lesions. Thirty percent of the cases had surgical excision on their masses. On mammography 30% were found to have mass lesion mimicking malignant tumors, 40% smooth bordered masses, 40% axillary or intramammary adenopathy, 30% asymmetric density, 30% duct ectasia, 20% with skin thickening and nipple retraction, 20% with macrocalcification, and 10% with skin sinus. On US 60% had hypoechoic masses, 40% focal or sectorial duct ectasia, and 50% axillary adenopathy. History of tuberculosis was found in 30% of the cases. Chest X-ray was positive in 20% and breast magnetic resonance imaging was done to one patient who had skin sinus.

  10. Tuberculous dactylitis (spina ventosa with concomitant ipsilateral axillary scrofuloderma in an immunocompetent child: A rare presentation of skeletal tuberculosis

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous dactylitis is a distinctly uncommon, yet well recognized form of tuberculosis involving the small bones of the hand or foot. It occurs in young children in endemic areas under 5 years of age. Tuberculosis of the short tubular bones like phalanges, metacarpals or metatarsals is quite uncommon beyond 6 years of age, once the epiphyseal centers are well established. The radiographic features of cystic expansion have led to the name " Spina Ventosa" for tuberculous dactylitis of the short bones. Scrofuloderma is a mycobacterial infection affecting children and young adults, representing direct extension of tuberculosis into the skin from underlying structures e.g. lymph nodes. An 8-year-old malnourished girl had multiple axillary ulcers with lymphadenopathy. Tuberculous dactylitis with ipsilateral axillary scrofuloderma was suspected on clinical and radiological grounds. The suspicion was confirmed by histology and bacteriology. The patient responded to antitubercular drugs with progressive healing of the lesions without surgery. Concomitant presence of these dual lesions suggesting active disseminated tuberculosis in immune-competent child over 6 years is very rare and hardly reported.

  11. Tuberculous dactylitis (spina ventosa) with concomitant ipsilateral axillary scrofuloderma in an immunocompetent child: A rare presentation of skeletal tuberculosis.

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    Bhaskar; Khonglah, Tashi; Bareh, Jerryson

    2013-01-01

    Tuberculous dactylitis is a distinctly uncommon, yet well recognized form of tuberculosis involving the small bones of the hand or foot. It occurs in young children in endemic areas under 5 years of age. Tuberculosis of the short tubular bones like phalanges, metacarpals or metatarsals is quite uncommon beyond 6 years of age, once the epiphyseal centers are well established. The radiographic features of cystic expansion have led to the name "Spina Ventosa" for tuberculous dactylitis of the short bones. Scrofuloderma is a mycobacterial infection affecting children and young adults, representing direct extension of tuberculosis into the skin from underlying structures e.g. lymph nodes. An 8-year-old malnourished girl had multiple axillary ulcers with lymphadenopathy. Tuberculous dactylitis with ipsilateral axillary scrofuloderma was suspected on clinical and radiological grounds. The suspicion was confirmed by histology and bacteriology. The patient responded to antitubercular drugs with progressive healing of the lesions without surgery. Concomitant presence of these dual lesions suggesting active disseminated tuberculosis in immune-competent child over 6 years is very rare and hardly reported.

  12. Bilateral Frosted Branch Angiitis in a Patient with Tuberculous Meningoencephalitis.

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    Wang, Haiyan; Wang, Liping; Du, Fang; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Yusheng

    2015-06-01

    To present a case of frosted branch angiitis with tuberculous meningoencephalitis who was followed up for 18 months after treatment. Case report. A 19-year-old female with tuberculous meningoencephalitis complained of bilateral blurred vision, and presented with frosted branch angiitis and macula edema in both eyes. Treatment with systemic glucocorticoid and standard anti-tuberculosis medicine totally resolved the retinal periphlebitis and macular edema, with vision improvement achieved at the 18-month follow-up. Frosted branch angiitis could be secondary to tuberculous meningoencephalitis. Based on standard anti-tuberculosis medicine, systemic glucocorticoid may help in the remission of frosted branch angiitis.

  13. Streptococcus pneumoniae-associated pneumonia complicated by purulent pericarditis: case series

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    Cilloniz, Catia; Torres, Antoni [Servicio de Neumologia, Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, Ciber de Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES), Instituto de Investigacion Biomedica Agusti Pi i Sunyer, Universidad de Barcelona (Spain); Rangel, Ernesto [Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit, Tepic (Mexico); Barlascini, Cornelius [Servizio di Igiene e Sanita Pubblica, Ospedale Generale di Sestri Levante, Sestri Levante (Italy); Piroddi, Ines Maria Grazia; Nicolini, Antonello, E-mail: antonellonicolini@gmail.com [Servizio di Pneumologia, Ospedale Generale di Sestri Levante, Sestri Levante (Italy)

    2015-07-15

    Objective: In the antibiotic era, purulent pericarditis is a rare entity. However, there are still reports of cases of the disease, which is associated with high mortality, and most such cases are attributed to delayed diagnosis. Approximately 40-50% of all cases of purulent pericarditis are caused by Gram-positive bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae in particular. Methods: We report four cases of pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by pericarditis, with different clinical features and levels of severity. Results: In three of the four cases, the main complication was cardiac tamponade. Microbiological screening (urinary antigen testing and pleural fluid culture) confirmed the diagnosis of severe pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by purulent pericarditis. Conclusions: In cases of pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by pericarditis, early diagnosis is of paramount importance to avoid severe hemodynamic compromise. The complications of acute pericarditis appear early in the clinical course of the infection. The most serious complications are cardiac tamponade and its consequences. Antibiotic therapy combined with pericardiocentesis drastically reduces the mortality associated with purulent pericarditis. (author)

  14. Streptococcus pneumoniae-associated pneumonia complicated by purulent pericarditis: case series *

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    Cillóniz, Catia; Rangel, Ernesto; Barlascini, Cornelius; Piroddi, Ines Maria Grazia; Torres, Antoni; Nicolini, Antonello

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Objective: In the antibiotic era, purulent pericarditis is a rare entity. However, there are still reports of cases of the disease, which is associated with high mortality, and most such cases are attributed to delayed diagnosis. Approximately 40-50% of all cases of purulent pericarditis are caused by Gram-positive bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae in particular. Methods: We report four cases of pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by pericarditis, with different clinical features and levels of severity. Results: In three of the four cases, the main complication was cardiac tamponade. Microbiological screening (urinary antigen testing and pleural fluid culture) confirmed the diagnosis of severe pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by purulent pericarditis. Conclusions: In cases of pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by pericarditis, early diagnosis is of paramount importance to avoid severe hemodynamic compromise. The complications of acute pericarditis appear early in the clinical course of the infection. The most serious complications are cardiac tamponade and its consequences. Antibiotic therapy combined with pericardiocentesis drastically reduces the mortality associated with purulent pericarditis. PMID:26398760

  15. Clinical profile and influences on outcomes in patients hospitalized for acute pericarditis.

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    Kytö, Ville; Sipilä, Jussi; Rautava, Päivi

    2014-10-28

    The clinical profile with regard to sex and the influences on outcomes in patients who have been hospitalized for acute pericarditis is largely uncharacterized. We studied all patients aged ≥16 years admitted to the hospital because of acute pericarditis (postpericardiotomy and myocardial infarction associated pericarditis were excluded). Data were collected from a Finnish national registry that included data on all cardiovascular admissions (670 409) during 9.5 years in 29 hospitals nationwide. During the study period, there were 1361 admissions for acute pericarditis. Pericarditis patients were more likely to be male (64.9% of patients) than female (35.1%), with an age-adjusted likelihood ratio of 1.85 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.65-2.06; Ppericarditis was 3.32 per 100 000 person-years. Men 16 to 65 years of age were at higher risk for pericarditis (relative risk, 2.02; 95% CI, 1.81-2.26; Ppericarditis caused 0.20% (95% CI, 0.19%-0.22%) of all cardiovascular admissions. The proportion of pericarditis-caused admissions declined by an estimated 51% per 10-year increase in age. The in-hospital mortality rate for acute pericarditis was 1.1% (95% CI, 0.6%-1.8%). Mortality increased with age (hazard ratio, 3.26; 95% CI, 1.78-5.95 per 10-year increase in age; P=0.0001) and severe coinfection (pneumonia or septicemia; hazard ratio, 13.46; 95% CI, 2.26-80.01; Ppericarditis are more commonly male. Increasing age and severe coinfection are associated with greater in-hospital mortality in hospitalized acute pericarditis patients. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  16. Purulent pericarditis caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae in a Nigerian Child

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    Igoche David Peter

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the Western world, cases of purulent pericarditis have become almost nonexistent with progress and advent of new immunizations against many causative organisms. We report Klebsiella pneumoniae pericarditis, a rare cause of this uncommon disease, hitherto unreported in Nigeria. K. pneumoniae, which is a rod-shaped, Gram-negative, facultative anaerobe, produces extended-spectrum beta-lactamases; hence, it is usually resistant to a lot of antibiotics and is associated with a significant case fatality rate. Our 13-year-old male patient had septic arthritis of the right hip joint came with a 3 weeks complaint of difficulty with breathing. He had respiratory distress, tachypnea, and tachycardia. Although blood pressure was normal, he had pulsus paradoxus, elevated jugular venous pressure, diffuse apex beat, and heart sounds were distant. Chest radiograph revealed an increased cardiothoracic ratio (0.86 with “water bottle” appearance. Transthoracic echocardiography confirmed pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade. Echo-guided pericardiocentesis was done, and 340 ml of foul-smelling and creamy pus with greenish tinge was aspirated and this grew K. pneumoniae sensitive to ciprofloxacin and gentamycin but resistant to other conventional antibiotics. Recovery was complete after a week of pericardial tube drainage and 3 weeks of treatment. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of Klebsiella - induced pyopericardium and with successful management in a Nigerian child. Pyopericardium may follow rare causes such as K. pneumoniae infection with its unique antibiogram.

  17. Aspergillus Pericarditis with Tamponade in a Renal Transplant Patient

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    Sylvia Biso

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillus pericarditis is a rare and life-threatening infection in immunosuppressed patients. It has nonspecific clinical manifestations that often mimic other disease entities especially in patients who have extensive comorbidities. Diagnosis is oftentimes delayed and rarely done antemortem. A high degree of suspicion in immunocompromised patients is necessary for evaluation and timely diagnosis. This is a case of Aspergillus pericarditis with cardiac tamponade in a renal transplant patient with liver cirrhosis. Two months after transplant, he developed decompensation of his cirrhosis from hepatitis C, acute cellular rejection, and Kluyvera bacteremia, followed by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE bacteremia. Four months after transplant, the patient presented with lethargy and fluid overload. He subsequently developed shock and ventilator-dependent respiratory failure. An echocardiogram showed pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade. He had emergent pericardiocentesis that showed purulent drainage. He was started on broad-spectrum antibiotics. Amphotericin B was initiated when the pericardial fluid grew mold that was later identified as Aspergillus fumigatus. The patient quickly decompensated and expired.

  18. Pericardiectomy vs Medical Management in Patients With Relapsing Pericarditis

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    Khandaker, Masud H.; Schaff, Hartzell V.; Greason, Kevin L.; Anavekar, Nandan S.; Espinosa, Raul E.; Hayes, Sharonne N.; Nishimura, Rick A.; Oh, Jae K.

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    Objective To determine whether surgical pericardiectomy is a safe and effective alternative to medical management for chronic relapsing pericarditis. Patients and Methods Retrospective review of 184 patients presenting to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from January 1, 1994, through December 31, 2005, with persistent relapsing pericarditis identified 58 patients who had a pericardiectomy after failed medical management and 126 patients who continued with medical treatment only. The primary outcome variables were in-hospital postoperative mortality or major morbidity, all-cause death, time to relapse, and medication use. Results Mean ± SD follow-up was 5.5±3.5 years in the surgical group and 5.4±4.4 years in the medical treatment group. At baseline, patients in the surgical group had higher mean relapses (6.9 vs 5.5; P=.01), were more likely to be taking colchicine (43.1% [n=25] vs 18.3% [n=23]; P=.002) and corticosteroids (70.7% [n=41] vs 42.1% [n=53]; Ppericarditis in whom medical management has failed, surgical pericardiectomy is a safe and effective method of relieving symptoms. PMID:23127733

  19. A case of constrictive pericarditis developing 2 years after radiation therapy for carcinoma of the esophagus

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    Hara, Youichi; Kuroda, Hiroaki; Ishiguro, Shingo; Hamasaki, Takafumi; Ashida, Yasushi; Tonomoto, Nagahisa; Miyasaka, Shigeto; Mori, Tohru [Tottori Univ., Yonago (Japan). School of Medicine

    1997-11-01

    A case of constrictive pericarditis developing 2 years after radiation therapy for esophageal carcinoma is reported. A man of 48 years old was diagnosed as early esophageal carcinoma and treated with radiation theraphy of 60 Gy. After 12 months, he developed acute pericarditis, which remitted spontaneously. After 18 months, he developed constrictive pericarditis, which did response to medical treatment, and became NYHA grade 4. After 25 months, pericardial sac and epicardium were resected. But dilatation of right ventricular dimension was not enough and hemodynamics did not recover. However, subjective symptom was extremely improved, and he left the hospital by walk at 29 days after the surgery. (K.H.)

  20. Tuberculous osteomyelitis affecting periodontium: A rare case report.

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    Bakutra, Gaurav; Manohar, Balaji; Mathur, Lalit

    2015-01-01

    Tuberculous lesions affecting periodontium are rare and seen as secondary infections localized to the soft tissues. With the advent of effective drug therapy, tuberculous lesions of the oral cavity have become rare. Involvement of the periodontium has seldomly been reported in the recent literature. We report a case of tuberculous osteomyelitis of mandible affecting periodontium leading to gingival recession and bone exposure in the mandibular premolar region in a 42-year-old female patient. The diagnosis was based on patient's medical and dental history, bacterial culture, clinical and radiographic examination, blood investigation, immunologic tests, histopathologic examination of the tissue specimen. Patient was already taking antitubercular chemotherapy prescribed by physician. Sequestrectomy and decortications were carried out to remove the affected bone. Healing was uneventful and there was no recurrence after 1½ year of follow-up. Antitubercular chemotherapy along with sequestrectomy and decortication are the treatment of choice for tuberculous osteomyelitic lesions affecting periodontium.

  1. Tuberculous osteomyelitis affecting periodontium: A rare case report

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    Gaurav Bakutra

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous lesions affecting periodontium are rare and seen as secondary infections localized to the soft tissues. With the advent of effective drug therapy, tuberculous lesions of the oral cavity have become rare. Involvement of the periodontium has seldomly been reported in the recent literature. We report a case of tuberculous osteomyelitis of mandible affecting periodontium leading to gingival recession and bone exposure in the mandibular premolar region in a 42-year-old female patient. The diagnosis was based on patient's medical and dental history, bacterial culture, clinical and radiographic examination, blood investigation, immunologic tests, histopathologic examination of the tissue specimen. Patient was already taking antitubercular chemotherapy prescribed by physician. Sequestrectomy and decortications were carried out to remove the affected bone. Healing was uneventful and there was no recurrence after 1½ year of follow-up. Antitubercular chemotherapy along with sequestrectomy and decortication are the treatment of choice for tuberculous osteomyelitic lesions affecting periodontium.

  2. Antituberculosis drug resistance patterns in adults with tuberculous meningitis

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    Senbayrak, Seniha; Ozkutuk, Nuri; Erdem, Hakan

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistant to antituberculosis drugs is an increasingly common clinical problem. This study aimed to evaluate drug resistance profiles of TBM isolates in adult patients in nine European countries involving 32 centers...

  3. US and CT findings in the diagnosis of tuberculous peritonitis

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    Demirkazik, F.B. [Dept. of Radiology, School of Medicine, Hacettepe Univ., Ankara (Turkey); Akhan, O. [Dept. of Radiology, School of Medicine, Hacettepe Univ., Ankara (Turkey); Oezmen, M.N. [Dept. of Radiology, School of Medicine, Hacettepe Univ., Ankara (Turkey); Akata, D. [Dept. of Radiology, School of Medicine, Hacettepe Univ., Ankara (Turkey)

    1996-07-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the ultrasonographic and CT findings of tuberculous peritonitis. Material and Methods: Ultrasonographic and CT findings of 11 patients with the ascitic type of tuberculous peritonitis were reviewed. Results: All patients had ascites, and ultrasonography (US) demonstrated fine complete and incomplete mobile septations in 10 patients. In 5 of them, the ascites had a lattice-like appearance. Diffuse regular peritoneal thickening was detected in all patients by CT and in 10 patients by US. CT demonstrated infiltration of the greater omentum in 9 patients, whereas US showed omental thickening in only 5 patients. Conclusion: Peritoneal and omental thickening detected by CT and ascites with fine, mobile septations shown by US strongly suggest the ascitic type of tuberculous peritonitis. The 2 imaging modalities should be used together for accurate diagnosis of tuberculous peritonitis. (orig.).

  4. Diagnostic performance of different pleural fluid biomarkers in tuberculous pleurisy.

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    Klimiuk, J; Krenke, R; Safianowska, A; Korczynski, P; Chazan, R

    2015-01-01

    Due to the paucibacillary nature of tuberculous pleural effusion the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis is challenging. This prospective study was undertaken to evaluate the diagnostic performance of ten different pleural fluid biomarkers in the differentiation between tuberculous and non-tuberculous pleural effusions. Two hundred and three patients with pleural effusion (117 men and 86 women, median age 65 years) were enrolled. Routine diagnostic work-up, including thoracentesis and pleural fluid analysis, was performed to determine the cause of pleural effusion. The following biomarkers were measured in pleural fluid: adenosine deaminase (ADA), interferon gamma (IFN-γ), interleukin 2 soluble receptor (IL-2sRα), sub-unit p40 of interleukin 12b (IL-12p40), interleukin 18 (IL-18), interleukin 23 (IL-23), IFN-γ induced protein 10 kDa (IP-10), Fas-ligand, human macrophage-derived chemokine (MDC) and tumor necrosis factor alfa (TNF-α). There were 44 (21.7%) patients with tuberculous pleural effusion, 88 (43.3%) patients with malignant pleural effusion, 35 (17.2%) with parapneumonic effusion/pleural empyema, 30 (14.8%) with pleural transudates, and 6 (3%) with miscellaneous underlying diseases. Pleural fluid IFN-γ was found the most accurate marker differentiating tuberculous from non-tuberculous pleural effusion, with sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and AUC 97%, 98%, 95.5%, 99.4%, and 0.99, respectively. Two other biomarkers (IP-10 and Fas ligand) also showed very high diagnostic accuracy with AUC≥0.95. AUC for ADA was 0.92. We conclude that IFN-γ, IP-10, and Fas-ligand in pleural fluid are highly accurate biomarkers differentiating tuberculous from non-tuberculous pleural effusion.

  5. Submasseteric Tuberculous Lesion of Mandible: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature

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    Donepudi Nanda Kishore

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculosis is still a major health hazard in the developing world, while its incidence has recently started to escalate after decreasing for many years. It is a chronic granulomatous disease that can affect any part of the body, including the oral cavity. Oral lesions of tuberculosis, though uncommon, are seen in both the primary and secondary stages of the disease. This paper presents a case of tuberculosis of the submasseteric space, manifesting as a persistent swelling at ramus and angle of mandible. The diagnosis was confirmed based on histopathology after an open incisional biopsy. Patient underwent antituberculosis therapy and his extraoral swelling completely resolved after 4 months of the therapy. The purpose of this paper is to emphasize the importance of early and definitive diagnosis of orofacial tuberculosis, to recognize it based on signs and symptoms, and to refer the patients suspected of active tuberculous infection for appropriate medical treatment.

  6. Laparoscopic gastrocystoplasty for tuberculous contracted bladder

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    Manickam Ramalingam

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    Full Text Available The stomach is the preferred augmentation option for a contracted bladder in a patient with renal failure. A 49-year-old female presented with right solitary functioning kidney with tuberculous lower ureteric stricture and contracted bladder. Her creatinine was 2.8 mg%. By laparoscopic approach, right gastroepiploic artery based gastric flap was isolated using staplers and used for augmentation and ureteric replacement. At 6-month follow-up, her creatinine was 1.9 mg%, and bladder capacity was 250 ml. She had mild hematuria, which settled with proton pump inhibitors. Laparoscopic gastrocystoplasty is feasible and effective augmentation option in those with renal failure, giving the benefits of minimally invasive approach.

  7. Locations of cerebral infarctions in tuberculous meningitis

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    Hsieh, F.Y.; Chia, L.G. (Section of Neurology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan)); Shen, W.C. (Section of Neuroradiology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan))

    1992-06-01

    The locations of cerebral infarctions were studied in 14 patients with tuberculous meningitis (TBM) and 173 patients with noninflammatory ischemic stroke (IS). In patients with TBM, 75% of infarctions occurred in the 'TB zone' supplied by medial striate and thalamoperforating arteries; only 11% occurred in the 'IS zone' supplied by lateral striate, anterior choroidal and thalamogeniculate arteries. In patients with IS, 29% of infarctions occurred in the IS zone, 29% in the subcortical white matter, and 24% in (or involving) the cerebral cortex. Only 11% occurred in the TB zone. Bilaterally symmetrical infarctions of the TB zone were common with TBM (71%) but rare with IS (5%). (orig.).

  8. Endovascular Treatment of an Aortoiliac Tuberculous Pseudoaneurysm

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    Villegas, Miguel O.; Mereles, Alberto Perez; Tamashiro, Gustavo A.; Dini, Andres E.; Mollon, Ana P.; De Candido, Laura V.; Zelaya, Denis A.; Soledispa-Suarez, Carlos I.; Denato, Sergio; Tamashiro, Alberto; Diaz, Jose A., E-mail: joseantoniodiaz@hotmail.com [Hospital Nacional Prof. Alejandro Posadas, Department of Cardiology, Section of Hemodinamia (Argentina)

    2013-04-15

    We report a rare case of a tuberculous mycotic aortoiliac pseudoaneurysm treated with an endovascular procedure and follow-up of 36 months. The patient was a white 72-year-old man with pulmonary tuberculosis and a former smoker with hypertension, chronic renal failure, and dyslipidemia. A computed tomographic scan of the abdomen and pelvis revealed a left paravertebral cavity with fluid content and involvement of vertebrae L2-L4. After a surgical repair attempt, the patient was treated with the implant of a bifurcated endoprosthesis. Because it is unlikely that any center has extensive experience in the management of this rare manifestation of the disease, we reviewed the literature for similar cases.

  9. Tuberculous bicipitoradial bursitis: A case report

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    Nishida, Jun; Shimamura, Tadashi [Iwate Medical University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Morioka (Japan); Furumachi, Katsuro [Iwate Medical University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Morioka (Japan); Ehara, Shigeru [Iwate Medical University, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Morioka (Japan); Satoh, Takashi [Iwate Medical University, Pathology, Morioka (Japan); Okada, Kyoji [Akita University School of Medicine, Orthopaedics, Akita (Japan)

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    An 76-year-old man with an indolent soft tissue mass on the volar aspect of the left elbow was referred to our institution with a diagnosis of a soft tissue tumor. He had a history of lung tuberculosis since the age of 30. The mass was adjacent to the biceps brachi tendon. It demonstrated homogeneous low-signal intensity on T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images and heterogeneous relatively high signal intensity with scattered low and high signal intensity areas on T2-weighted MR images. An excision was performed after needle biopsy with presumptive diagnosis of bicipitoradial bursitis. The histological specimen revealed an epithelioid cell granuloma with central necrosis. While the occurrence of tuberculous bicipitoradial bursitis has never been reported, this case demonstrates that it can be considered to be among the causes of a cystic lesion around the elbow joint. (orig.)

  10. Tuberculous gingival enlargement: A rare clinical manifestation

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    Maria Subash Aaron Muthuraj

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    Full Text Available Tuberculosis (TB is an inflammatory granulomatous disease that rarely presents as primary lesion in gingiva. Gingival involvement has been reported in only a very limited number of cases. A 13-year-old boy presented with gingival enlargement in the maxillary and mandibular anterior region associated with enlargement of lower lip with no systemic manifestations. He had a history of tuberculous lymphadenitis before 5 years which was inadequately treated. The patient's erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 70 mm/h. Histopathological report of the gingival lesion revealed noncaseating granulomas with nests of epithelioid cells and multinucleated Langhans giant cells. The patient was then referred to a physician for management, who initiated active antitubercular treatment following which the condition resolved. The aim of this article is to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis of primary TB of the gingiva which may be misdiagnosed when oral lesions are not associated with any apparent systemic infection.

  11. Tuberculous gingival enlargement: A rare clinical manifestation.

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    Aaron Muthuraj, Maria Subash; Maradi, Arun Parappa; Janakiram, Srihari; Chithresan, Koshy

    2017-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is an inflammatory granulomatous disease that rarely presents as primary lesion in gingiva. Gingival involvement has been reported in only a very limited number of cases. A 13-year-old boy presented with gingival enlargement in the maxillary and mandibular anterior region associated with enlargement of lower lip with no systemic manifestations. He had a history of tuberculous lymphadenitis before 5 years which was inadequately treated. The patient's erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 70 mm/h. Histopathological report of the gingival lesion revealed noncaseating granulomas with nests of epithelioid cells and multinucleated Langhans giant cells. The patient was then referred to a physician for management, who initiated active antitubercular treatment following which the condition resolved. The aim of this article is to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis of primary TB of the gingiva which may be misdiagnosed when oral lesions are not associated with any apparent systemic infection.

  12. A rare case of tuberculous salpingitis.

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    Romaniuk, Anatolii; Gyryavenko, Nataliya; Lyndin, Mykola; Romaniuk, Sofiia; Starkiv, Miroslav; Slobodyan, Galina

    2016-09-01

    The objective of this study was to give an overview of a rare case of tuberculosis of the left fallopian tube in postmenopausal women. It is known that the isolated tuberculous salpingitis without spreading to the endometrium is extremely rare case. In our case, it simulated a cancer of appendages at the late stages that were proved by the increased level of CA-125. This fact as well as the macroscopic image of the left fallopian tube was incorrectly considered by the clinicians as a malignant neoplasm of fallopian tube. However, after pathomorphological examination of postoperative samples during histological study, the main method of verification of the diagnosis, revealed the specific granulomas in the samples that indicate the tubercular inflammation. It was considered by clinical and laboratory as data secondary focus.

  13. Severe tuberculous retinal vasculitis in healthy adults

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    Sin Yee Fang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Ocular tuberculosis may be a presenting feature of tuberculous infection, especially with extensive occlusive retinal vasculitis among Asians. Being a curable disease, awareness of its presentation and high index of suspicion are paramount as prompt treatment can halt the disease progression and prevent visual loss. We presented three cases of ocular tuberculosis in young healthy adults who presented with progressive blurring of vision with florid retinal vasculitis seen on funduscopy. Two of them were with no bacillus Calmette-Guerin scar. Fundus fluorescein angiography confirmed the presence of occlusive vasculitis with extensive area of ischemia. All cases showed a raise in erythrocyte sedimentation rate and strongly positive Mantoux tests. Pan-retinal photocoagulation was given to all patients. Two cases responded well to anti-tubercular therapy followed by oral steroids and regained normal vision in both eyes. One patient was not started on anti-tubercular therapy as he requested to return to his native country for further treatment.

  14. Purulent pericarditis caused by the Streptococcus milleri group: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Tokuyasu, Hirokazu; Saitoh, Yuhei; Harada, Tomoya; Touge, Hirokazu; Kawasaki, Yuji; Maeda, Ryo; Isowa, Noritaka; Shimizu, Eiji

    2009-01-01

    A 69-year-old woman with a history of diabetes mellitus presented at our emergency room with chest pain and dyspnea. A chest computed tomography revealed a pericardial effusion. Pericardiocentesis was performed; strains of the Streptococcus milleri group were detected on culture of the fluid thus obtained. Therefore, purulent pericarditis was diagnosed. Despite treatment with panipenem/betamipron, the pericarditis worsened leading to the development of cardiac tamponade. Emergency pericardial drainage was performed, after which the condition resolved without any complications. We report an extremely rare case of purulent pericarditis caused by a strain of the Streptococcus milleri group. In addition, we review 5 previously reported cases of purulent pericarditis caused by strains.

  15. Safety of transvenous atrial defibrillation: studies in the canine sterile pericarditis model

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    Sokoloski, M C; Ayers, G M; Kumagai, K; Khrestian, C M; Niwano, S; Waldo, A L

    1997-01-01

    .... This study was designed to define the zone in which the ventricles are vulnerable to induction of ventricular tachyarrhythmia during delivery of atrial shocks in the sterile pericarditis canine model...

  16. Septic pericarditis and pneumopericardium in a dog with an oesophageal foreign body

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    Willem J. Botha

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A 5-year-old, intact, male Yorkshire Terrier presented with a 6-day history of lethargy and anorexia. Clinical examination revealed dental plaque accumulation, abdominal effort during respiration and muffled heart sounds. Thoracic radiographs revealed an enlarged globoid cardiac silhouette and mild pneumopericardium, transthoracic ultrasonography revealed a pericardial effusion after which pericardiocentesis, cytology and culture diagnosed septic pericarditis. Three multidrug-resistant bacteria were isolated, two of which have been implicated in gas-producing infections before. Medical management failed to resolve the pericarditis and euthanasia was opted for. A chronic osseocartilaginous oesophageal foreign body cranial to the heart base was found on necropsy. Septic pericarditis and pneumopericardium are rare conditions in dogs. This is the first case to describe a multidrug-resistant polybacterial aetiology causing mild pneumopericardium and only the second case to describe septic pericarditis associated with an oesophageal foreign body.

  17. Septic pericarditis and pneumopericardium in a dog with an oesophageal foreign body.

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    Botha, Willem J; Mukorera, Varaidzo; Kirberger, Robert M

    2017-05-29

    A 5-year-old, intact, male Yorkshire Terrier presented with a 6-day history of lethargy and anorexia. Clinical examination revealed dental plaque accumulation, abdominal effort during respiration and muffled heart sounds. Thoracic radiographs revealed an enlarged globoid cardiac silhouette and mild pneumopericardium, transthoracic ultrasonography revealed a pericardial effusion after which pericardiocentesis, cytology and culture diagnosed septic pericarditis. Three multidrug-resistant bacteria were isolated, two of which have been implicated in gas-producing infections before. Medical management failed to resolve the pericarditis and euthanasia was opted for. A chronic osseocartilaginous oesophageal foreign body cranial to the heart base was found on necropsy. Septic pericarditis and pneumopericardium are rare conditions in dogs. This is the first case to describe a multidrug-resistant polybacterial aetiology causing mild pneumopericardium and only the second case to describe septic pericarditis associated with an oesophageal foreign body.

  18. Treatment with aspirin, NSAID, corticosteroids, and colchicine in acute and recurrent pericarditis.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Adler, Yehuda

    2013-05-01

    Empiric anti-inflammatory therapy for acute and recurrent pericarditis is warranted for viral and idiopathic cases that represent most cases of pericarditis in developed countries. For specific uncomplicated etiologies, such as systemic autoimmune diseases and postpericardiotomy syndromes, the same drugs are also indicated. Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are mainstay of therapy with the possible adjunct of colchicine, especially for recurrences. Corticosteroids are a second choice for difficult cases requiring multi-drug therapies and specific medical conditions (i.e., specific cases with systemic autoimmune diseases, postpericardiotomy syndrome, and pregnancy). Medical therapy of pericarditis should be individualized as much as possible providing the attack dose every 8 h to ensure full daily control of symptoms and till remission and C-reactive protein normalization, and then tapering should be considered. The present paper will review current evidence for the treatment of acute and recurrent pericarditis with aspirin, NSAID, corticosteroids, and colchicine.

  19. Current and emerging strategies for the treatment of acute pericarditis: a systematic review

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    Sheth, Samar; Wang, Dee Dee; Kasapis, Christos

    2010-01-01

    Pericarditis is a common disorder that has multiple causes and presents in various primary-care and secondary-care settings. It is diagnosed in 0.1% of all hospital admissions and in 5% of emergency room visits for chest pain. Despite the advance of new diagnostic techniques, pericarditis is most commonly idiopathic, and radiation therapy, cardiac surgery, and percutaneous procedures have become important causes. Pericarditis is frequently benign and self-limiting. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents remain the first-line treatment for uncomplicated cases. Integrated use of new imaging methods facilitates accurate detection and management of complications such as pericardial effusion or constriction. In this article, we perform a systematic review on the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, and management of acute pericarditis. We summarize current evidence on contemporary and emerging treatment strategies. PMID:22096363

  20. Purulent pericarditis as a complication of bacteraemic Enterococcus faecalis urinary tract infection.

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    Nehme, Fredy; Gitau, Jane; Liu, Jing

    2017-03-15

    Purulent pericarditis is a rare clinical entity in the modern antibiotic era. The most common portal of entry is thought to be direct extension from a primary lung source and is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae or Haemophilus influenzae We report the case of a man aged 69 years who presented with purulent pericarditis due to Enterococcus faecalis likely caused by haematogenous spread from a urinary tract source. Urgent pericardiocentesis was vital and restored his haemodynamic stability. He was treated for a total duration of 4 weeks with susceptible antibiotics. Echocardiography 3 weeks later showed persistent resolution of the pericardial effusion. This case shows that prompt diagnosis and drainage of the pericardial effusion are vital to achieve a positive outcome in purulent pericarditis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of purulent pericarditis caused by E. faecalis from a urinary tract source. 2017 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  1. Tuberculous spondylitis diagnosed through Xpert MTB/RIF assay in urine: a case report.

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    Sikalengo, George; Ramirez, Adria; Faini, Diana; Mwamelo, Kim; Battegay, Manuel; Jugheli, Levan; Hatz, Christoph; Reither, Klaus; Letang, Emilio

    2016-09-26

    Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis of EPTB is challenging in resource-limited settings due to difficulties in obtaining samples, as well as the paucibacillarity of the specimens. Skeletal tuberculosis accounts for 10-35 % of EPTB cases, with vertebral osteomyelitis (Pott's disease) representing 50 % of the cases. We present two cases of suspected Pott's disease, diagnosed through GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay in urine at a rural Tanzanian hospital. Case I A 49-year old male, HIV-1 positive, on co-formulated tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/lamivudine/efavirenz since 2009 and CD4 counts of 205 cells/μL (13 %). He presented with lower back pain and progressive lower limb weakness for two weeks prior to admission. The physical examination revealed bilateral flaccid paraplegia with reduced reflexes, but otherwise unremarkable findings. A lateral lumbar X-ray showed noticeable reduction of intervertebral space between L4 and L5, and a small calcification in the anterior longitudinal ligament between L4 and L5, being compatible with focal spondylosis deformans but inconclusive with regard to tuberculous spondylitis. An abdominal ultrasound showed normal kidneys, bladder and prostate gland. The urinalysis and complete blood counts (CBC) were normal. M. Tuberculosis was detected through GeneXpert MTB/RIF in centrifuged urine, with no resistance to rifampicin. Case II A 76-year old female, HIV-1 negative, presented with lower back pain and progressive weakness and numbness of the lower limbs for two months prior to admission. The physical examination revealed paraplegia, but otherwise unremarkable findings. The lumbosacral X-ray findings were compatible with spondylosis deformans of the lumbar spine and possible tuberculous spondylitis in L3-L4. The abdominal and renal ultrasound showed normal kidneys and bladder. The urinalysis and CBC were normal. M. Tuberculosis was detected through GeneXpert MTB/RIF in

  2. Differentiation of constrictive pericarditis from restrictive cardiomyopathy: The case for high-resolution dynamic tomographic imaging

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    Weiss, R.M.; Otoadese, T.; Oren, R.M.

    1995-12-31

    The syndrome of constrictive pericarditis (CP) presents a diagnostic challenge to the clinician. This study was undertaken to determine whether cine computed tomography (CT), a cardiac imaging technique with excellent temporal and spatial resolution, can reliably demonstrate the unique abnormalities of pericardial anatomy and ventricular physiology present in patients with this condition. A second goal of this study was to determine whether the presence of diseased thickened pericardium, but itself, imparts cardiac impairment due to abnormalities of ventricular diastolic function. Twelve patients with CP suspected clinically, in whom invasive hemodynamic study was consistent with the diagnosis of CP, underwent cine CT. They were subdivided into Group 1 (CP, N = 5) and Group 2 (No CP, N = 7) based on histopathologic evaluation of tissue obtained at the time of surgery or autopsy. A third group consisted of asymptomatic patients with incidentally discovered thickened pericardium at the time of cine CT scanning: Group 3 (ThP, N = 7). Group 4 (Nl, N = 7) consisted of healthy volunteer subjects. Pericardial thickness measurements with cine CT clearly distinguished Group 1 (mean = 10 {+-} 2 mm) from Group 2 (mean = 2 {+-} 1 mm), with diagnostic accuracy of 100% compared to histopathological findings. In addition, patients in Group 1 had significantly more brisk early diastolic filling of both left and right ventricles than those in Group 2, which clearly distinguished all patients with and from all patients without CP. Patients in Group 3 had pericardial thicknesses similar to those in Group 1 (mean = 9 {+-} 1 mm, p = NS), but had patterns of diastolic ventricular filling that were nearly identical to Group 4 (NI).

  3. Rapid culture diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis from a tertiary care centre in an endemic nation: Potential and pitfalls

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    J S Verma

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In spite of low sensitivity and specificity, standard diagnostic algorithm recommends fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC and direct microscopic screening for acid-fast bacilli (AFB for the routine diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenopathy (LNTB. In this study, the diagnostic utility of liquid broth based automated culture (BacT/ALERT 3D technique was assessed in comparison with conventional techniques in 89 clinically suspected tubercular lymphadenitis patients. 60% (n = 53 were positive by FNAC and 38.4% (n = 34 demonstrated AFB in smear examination. BacT/ALERT yielded isolation in 43.1% (n = 38 aspirates, confirming tubercular aetiology. We also found six paediatric culture-positive cases which showed negative outcome by both FNAC and smear. Thus, we conclude that culture by BacT/ALERT, may be used for faster yield of Mycobacteria in LNTB, especially in children. Additionally, this could also be used as a platform for further differentiation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM infection and for testing of anti-tubercular chemotherapeutic agents whenever drug resistance is suspected

  4. Septated pericarditis associated with Kawasaki disease: a brief case report.

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    Sonçaği, Arzu; Devrim, Ilker; Karagöz, Tevfik; Dilber, Embiya; Celiker, Alpay; Ozen, Seza; Seçmeer, Gülten

    2007-01-01

    Kawasaki disease (KD) is primarily the systemic vasculitis of childhood that affects mainly the medium-sized arteries, such as the coronary arteries. KD is the leading cause of acquired heart disease, whereas the incidence of rheumatic fever has declined. The most serious complication is coronary artery involvement. Among the children with KD who developed cardiac complications, pericarditis is a rare complication, with an incidence of 0.07%. We report our experience in a 5.5-year-old child with KD complicated with aneurysm of the left anterior descendant coronary artery and septated pericardial effusion, which has not been reported in the literature. The pericardial effusion disappeared very dramatically with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy. We would like to point out that septated pericardial effusion in cases of KD do not need any further therapy other than IVIG and high-dose acetylsalicylic acid.

  5. ST Segment Elevation Caused by Pericarditis: A Case Report

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    Seval Demir Aydın

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Chest pain is one of the common reasons for admission to the emergency department and an important symptom that can be a precursor of a fatal condition. A simple muscle pain can be a sign of illnesses until myocardial infarction or even aortic dissection, which is more lethal. In this respect, electrocardiogram (ECG which is of critical importance in the evaluation of patients is a guide for us. However, starting treatments such as thrombolytic therapy that is solely considered according to ECG may be a wrong decision. Therefore, detailed investigations should be made for establishing a diagnosis and treatment plans should be made accordingly. In this paper, we present a 19-year-old male patient who was admitted to our emergency department with chest pain, having ST segment elevation of D2, D3 and aVF in ECG along with troponin elevation and was diagnosed with acute pericarditis.

  6. Surgical treatment of 2 cases of irradiation induced constrictive pericarditis

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    Osawa, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Wataru; Yoshii, Shinpei [Yamanashi Medical Univ., Tamaho (Japan)] (and others)

    1999-11-01

    A 72-years-old man underwent radiation therapy (62 Gy) for esophageal carcinoma. Twelve months later, symptoms of heart failure such as syncope, cough and hepatomegaly manifested. On catheter study, a dip and plateau pattern of right ventricular pressure curve was evident. Pericardiectomy without extracorporeal circulation was performed. Operative findings and pathological results were compatible with radiation-induced constrictive pericarditis. He recovered from the heart failure, and has been doing well 3 months after the surgery. A 54-years-old man underwent thymectomy for malignant thymoma. He underwent a radiation therapy (52 Gy) postoperatively. After 12 months from the irradiation, syncope and dyspnea manifested. On catheter study, a dip and plateau pattern of right ventricular pressure curve was observed. Pericardiectomy with extracorporeal circulation was performed. He recovered from the heart failure after pericardiectomy, however he died of radiation-induced pneumonitis 6 months later. (author)

  7. TRAUMATIC (FOREIGN BODY) PERICARDITIS IN A TOCO TOUCAN (RAMPHASTOS TOCO).

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    Máinez, Mireia; Rosell, Jorge; Such, Roger; Cardona, Teresa; Juan-Sallés, Carles

    2016-12-01

    An approximately 10-yr-old, captive-born female toco toucan ( Ramphastos toco ) was presented due to an acute onset of depression and apathy. On visual and physical examination, it showed an abnormal posture and dehydration, respectively. Serum biochemistry revealed hyperuricemia (39.4 mg/dl) and elevated glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT; 1,050 U/L). Radiographs demonstrated an enlargement of the cardiac silhouette. The bird died 7 days after presentation, despite treatment with enrofloxacin, allopurinol, a preparation of hepatorenal protectors, and complex B vitamins with dextrose. Necropsy revealed severe fibrinohemorrhagic pericarditis with a 15 mm long and 2.5 mm diameter, rigid foreign body in the pericardial exudate. Microscopically, this foreign body was of vegetal origin.

  8. Imaging of tuberculous disease involving breast

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    Oh, K.K.; Kim, J.H. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine (Korea, Republic of); Kook, S.H. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Samsung Medical Foundation, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    The aim of our study was to evaluate radiologic findings of the tuberculosis involving breast. We evaluated the radiologic features of 17 patients (18 lesions) with tuberculous disease involving the breast. The radiologic examinations, including mammography (16 patients), ultrasonography (12 patients), and Gd-DTPA-enhanced dynamic MRI (6 patients), were analyzed. Mammographic findings included mass (12 of 17 lesions), calcification (3 of 17 lesions), asymmetric density with spiculated margin (5 of 17 lesions), and axillary lymph node enlargement (8 of 17 lesions). On ultrasonography, a smooth bordered mass (7 of 13 lesions) with thin boundary (7 of 13 lesions) and heterogeneous, intermediate internal echoes (9 of 13 lesions) were most commonly demonstrated. On Gd-DTPA-enhanced dynamic MRI, 3 lesions showed significant enhancement at the first minute after injection (3 of 7 lesions). The maximun enhancing amount was greater than 500 normalized units, and the enhancing pattern was smooth or irregular ring appearance. Breast involvement with tuberculosis is rare but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a woman living in an endemic area or when extramammary foci of tuberculosis are present. A multimodality imaging approach with clinical evaluation will help to establish the diagnosis of tuberculosis involving breast. (orig.) (orig.) With 3 figs., 3 tabs., 28 refs.

  9. Tuberculous Tenosynovitis Presenting as Ganglion of Wrist

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    Shahaji Chavan

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    Full Text Available Tuberculosis (TB is still endemic in many developed countries. Involvement of the hand and wrist at presentation is extremely rare, and the diagnosis is often missed. A 57 years old male presented with swelling over the left wrist since 3 years Three swellings over dorsal aspect of the left wrist Soft in consistency Non tender Non compressible Mobile at right angles to the plane of the wrist joint. ESR: 45 mm in 1 hr and rest blood investigations were normal. Ultrsonography showed giant cell tumor of Extensor Digitorum sheath. X-ray: soft tissue swelling and MRI was suggestive of extensor tendon sheath extraskeletal synovial Koch’s, or giant cell tumor of tendon sheath. Excision of swelling was planned and intraoperatively, rice bodies were seen inside it. Histopathological examination showed caseous necrosis with granuloma formation. Patient was put on DOT1 therapy. Tuberculous tenosynovitis was first described by Acrel in 1777. Rice bodies occurring in joints affected by tuberculosis were first described in 1895 by Reise. Rice bodies will be diagnosed on plain radiographs when mineralization occurs. More than 50% of cases recur within 1 year of treatment. The currently recommended 6-month course is often adequate with extensive curettage lavage and synovectomy should be performed. Surgery is essential, but the extent of surgical debridement is still debatable. The surgeon has to be aware of the significance of loose bodies when performing routine excision of innocuous looking wrist ganglia.

  10. Tuberculous Meningitis: Diagnosis and Treatment Overview

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    Grace E. Marx

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    Full Text Available Tuberculous meningitis (TBM is the most common form of central nervous system tuberculosis (TB and has very high morbidity and mortality. TBM is typically a subacute disease with symptoms that may persist for weeks before diagnosis. Characteristic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF findings of TBM include a lymphocytic-predominant pleiocytosis, elevated protein, and low glucose. CSF acid-fast smear and culture have relatively low sensitivity but yield is increased with multiple, large volume samples. Nucleic acid amplification of the CSF by PCR is highly specific but suboptimal sensitivity precludes ruling out TBM with a negative test. Treatment for TBM should be initiated as soon as clinical suspicion is supported by initial CSF studies. Empiric treatment should include at least four first-line drugs, preferably isoniazid, rifampin, pyrazinamide, and streptomycin or ethambutol; the role of fluoroquinolones remains to be determined. Adjunctive treatment with corticosteroids has been shown to improve mortality with TBM. In HIV-positive individuals with TBM, important treatment considerations include drug interactions, development of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome, unclear benefit of adjunctive corticosteroids, and higher rates of drug-resistant TB. Testing the efficacy of second-line and new anti-TB drugs in animal models of experimental TBM is needed to help determine the optimal regimen for drug-resistant TB.

  11. Immunity and Immunopathology in the Tuberculous Granuloma.

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    Pagán, Antonio J; Ramakrishnan, Lalita

    2014-11-06

    Granulomas, organized aggregates of immune cells, are a defining feature of tuberculosis (TB). Granuloma formation is implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of inflammatory disorders. However, the tuberculous granuloma has been assigned the role of a host protective structure which "walls-off" mycobacteria. Work conducted over the past decade has provided a more nuanced view of its role in pathogenesis. On the one hand, pathogenic mycobacteria accelerate and exploit granuloma formation for their expansion and dissemination by manipulating host immune responses to turn leukocyte recruitment and cell death pathways in their favor. On the other hand, granuloma macrophages can preserve granuloma integrity by exerting a microbicidal immune response, thus preventing an even more rampant expansion of infection in the extracellular milieu. Even this host-beneficial immune response required to maintain the bacteria intracellular must be tempered, as an overly vigorous immune response can also cause granuloma breakdown, thereby directly supporting bacterial growth extracellularly. This review will discuss how mycobacteria manipulate inflammatory responses to drive granuloma formation and will consider the roles of the granuloma in pathogenesis and protective immunity, drawing from clinical studies of TB in humans and from animal models--rodents, zebrafish, and nonhuman primates. A deeper understanding of TB pathogenesis and immunity in the granuloma could suggest therapeutic approaches to abrogate the host-detrimental aspects of granuloma formation to convert it into the host-beneficial structure that it has been thought to be for nearly a century. Copyright © 2015 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; all rights reserved.

  12. Tuberculous adenitis from Mycobacterium bovis: a case report

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    Miguel A. Serra Valdés

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Tuberculous lymphadenitis, which currently is most often caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, was once mainly caused by Mycobacterium bovis. Objective. To describe an unusual case of tuberculous adenitis from Mycobacterium bovis. Case report. A woman with a history of consuming raw milk and unsupervised dairy home-made products presents with cervical adenitis of 5 month course unassociated to other symptoms. A diagnosis of Mycobacterium bovis tuberculous adenitis was made by biopsy, ELISA, PCR and culture. Discussion. Approximately 11 to 25% of all TB cases are extrapulmonary exclusively. Cervical lymphadenitis is the most common presentation of peripheral disease. Treatment usually is based on four drugs. Surgery is indicated for diagnostic procedures and complications. Conclusion. Mycobacterium bovis infection is uncommon in our environment, but must be considered in the diagnostic evaluation of all patients with cervical adenitis and epidemiological correlations.

  13. Isolated Retropancreatic Tuberculous Lymphadenitis Mimicking Carcinoma: A Diagnostic Challenge

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    Full Text Available Tuberculosis as a cause of obstructive jaundice is a rare entity with only a few cases reported in the literature. Patients with this condition usually present with a protracted illness, jaundice, and weight loss, which may be confused with malignancies. We are reporting unusual case of isolated enlarged tuberculous lymph node compressing the common bile duct in the retropancreatic region and causing obstructive jaundice in an immunocompetent patient which to the best of our knowledge is the first case of isolated retropancreatic tuberculous lymphadenitis in Saudi Arabia.

  14. A Rare Complication of Tuberculous Meningitis Pediatric Anterior Glenohumeral Instability

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    Full Text Available Dislocation and instability of the shoulder joint are rare occurrences in childhood. Traumatic, infectious, congenital, and neuromuscular causes of pediatric recurrent shoulder dislocations are reported before. Central nervous system infection in infancy may be a reason for shoulder instability during childhood. This situation, which causes a disability for children, can be treated successfully with arthroscopic stabilization of the shoulder and postoperative effective rehabilitation protocols. Tuberculous meningitis may be a reason for neuromuscular shoulder instability. We describe a 12-year-old child with a recurrent anterior instability of the shoulder, which developed after tuberculous meningitis at 18 months of age. We applied arthroscopic treatment and stabilized the joint.

  15. Tuberculous iliac artery aneurysm in a pediatric patient.

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    Cox, Sharon Gail; Naidoo, Nadraj G; Wood, Richard John; Clark, Lizelle; Kilborn, Tracy

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    Vascular complications of tuberculous infections are rare and occur even less frequently in the pediatric population. Tuberculous pseudoaneurysms can occur either as a result of contiguous spread from a neighboring focus-invariably infected lymph nodes-or by hematogenous spread and seeding of acid-fast bacilli that lodge in the adventitia or media via the vasa vasorum. We report a case of turberculous right common iliac artery pseudoaneurysm in a 12-year-old and review the relevant literature. Copyright © 2013 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Magnetic resonance imaging of miliary tuberculosis of the central nervous system in children with tuberculous meningitis

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    Janse van Rensburg, Pieter; Andronikou, Savvas; Pienaar, Manana [University of Stellenbosch, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tygerberg (South Africa); Toorn, Ronald van [University of Stellenbosch, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tygerberg (South Africa)

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    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is closely associated with miliary tuberculosis and a pathogenetic relationship is suspected, although it has been proposed that the two processes are unrelated. To describe miliary tuberculosis of the central nervous system (CNS) on MRI in children with TBM. A retrospective descriptive study of 32 paediatric TBM patients referred for MRI. The presence of miliary nodules in the CNS was recorded. Lesions were categorized according to their distribution, enhancement pattern, size and signal characteristics. A miliary distribution of nodules was present in 88% of patients. All patients with a miliary distribution had leptomeningeal nodules and 18% of these patients had deep parenchymal nodules in addition. At least one tuberculoma with central T2 hypointensity was identified in 39% of patients. The high prevalence of miliary leptomeningeal nodules in the CNS of children with TBM is significant because it points to a pathogenetic relationship that has long been suspected on epidemiological grounds. Our findings challenge the concept that miliary tuberculosis is only an incidental finding in TBM patients and suggest that it plays an integral part in the pathogenesis. (orig.)

  17. Pericarditis in Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Joonseok Kim

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    Full Text Available Case. A 64-year-old Caucasian woman was brought to the emergency department with severe dysphagia and left chest pain for last 4 days. Initial evaluation revealed elevated ST segment in precordial leads on EKG with elevated cardiac enzymes. Limited echocardiogram showed infra-apical wall hypokinesia. Cardiac angiography was done subsequently which showed nonflow limiting mild coronary artery disease. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy was diagnosed and she was treated medically. On the third day of admission, a repeat ECG showed diffuse convex ST-segment elevations in precordial leads, compatible with acute pericarditis pattern of EKG. Decision was made to start colchicine empirically for possible pericarditis. Follow-up EKG in 2 days showed decreased ST-segment elevations in precordial leads. The patient was discharged with colchicine and a follow-up echocardiogram in 4 weeks demonstrated a normal ejection fraction with no evidence of pericarditis. Conclusion. Acute pericarditis can be associated either as a consequence of or as a triggering factor for Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. It is vital for physicians to be aware of pericarditis as a potential complication of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

  18. Current and emerging strategies for the treatment of acute pericarditis: a systematic review

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    Samar Sheth

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    Full Text Available Samar Sheth1, Dee Dee Wang3, Christos Kasapis21Department of Internal Medicine, 2Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; 3Henry Ford Hospital, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Detroit, MI, USAAbstract: Pericarditis is a common disorder that has multiple causes and presents in various primary-care and secondary-care settings. It is diagnosed in 0.1% of all hospital admissions and in 5% of emergency room visits for chest pain. Despite the advance of new diagnostic techniques, pericarditis is most commonly idiopathic, and radiation therapy, cardiac surgery, and percutaneous procedures have become important causes. Pericarditis is frequently benign and self-limiting. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents remain the first-line treatment for uncomplicated cases. Integrated use of new imaging methods facilitates accurate detection and management of complications such as pericardial effusion or constriction. In this article, we perform a systematic review on the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, and management of acute pericarditis. We summarize current evidence on contemporary and emerging treatment strategies.Keywords: pericarditis, pericardial disease, treatment strategies

  19. CEACAM1 and MICA as novel serum biomarkers in patients with acute and recurrent pericarditis.

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    Markel, Gal; Imazio, Massimo; Koren-Morag, Nira; Galore-Haskel, Gilli; Schachter, Jacob; Besser, Michal; Cumetti, Davide; Maestroni, Silvia; Altman, Arie; Shoenfeld, Yehuda; Brucato, Antonio; Adler, Yehuda

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    The immune response plays a significant role in pericarditis, but the mechanisms of disease are poorly defined. Further, efficient monitoring and predictive clinical tools are unavailable. Carcinoembryonic antigen cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) is an immune-inhibitory protein, while MHC class I chain related protein A (MICA) and B (MICB) have an immune-stimulating function. Serum CEACAM1, MICA and MICB concentrations were measured by ELISA in ~50 subjects of each group: acute pericarditis (AP), recurrent pericarditis (RP) and lupus (SLE) patients, metastatic melanoma patients as well as healthy donors. Serum CEACAM1 was dramatically elevated in AP and RP patients, but not in SLE patients, and displayed a highly accurate profile in ROC curve analyses. MICA and MICB were elevated in some pericarditis patients. All markers were enhanced in metastatic melanoma patients irrespective of neoplastic pericardial involvement. Etiology-guided analysis of RP patients showed that very low MICA levels were associated with idiopathic RP, while high MICA was associated with autoimmune and post-operative RP. Importantly, MICA was significantly associated with recurrences, independently of other potentially confounding parameters such as age, time of follow up or treatment modality. Here we report for the first time on CEACAM1 as a potentially novel biomarker for pericarditis, as well as on MICA as an innovative prognostic marker in these patients. Determination of the roles of these immune factors, as well as their diagnostic and prognostic values should be determined in future prospective studies.

  20. Autoimmunity and autoinflammation as the yin and yang of idiopathic recurrent acute pericarditis.

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    Cantarini, Luca; Lopalco, Giuseppe; Selmi, Carlo; Napodano, Salvatore; De Rosa, Gabriella; Caso, Francesco; Costa, Luisa; Iannone, Florenzo; Rigante, Donato

    2015-02-01

    Autoimmunity and autoinflammation are generally considered as mutually exclusive mechanisms of diseases but may concur to specific syndromes. Idiopathic recurrent acute pericarditis (IRAP) is defined as the recurrence of pericardial symptoms at any point following the prior cessation of acute pericarditis, and the latency is generally 6 weeks. Manifestations of pericarditis such as pericardial friction rub, electrocardiographic changes, and pericardial effusion are less frequent in the subsequent episodes compared to the index attack, and in some cases the only clinical sign is represented by a suggestive chest pain. Several autoimmune diseases may manifest with pericarditis which is often related to viral infections, while postviral pericarditis may in turn display a nonspecific autoimmune background. Similarly, autoinflammatory syndromes such as familial Mediterranean fever and tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic syndrome are characterized by self-limiting pericardial symptoms. Corticosteroids are generally effective, thus supporting the autoimmune nature of IRAP, but dramatic results are obtained with interleukin-1 blocking agents in corticosteroid-dependent cases, pointing to a pathogenic role for the inflammasome. Based on these observations, we submit that IRAP represents a paradigmatic example of the putative coexistence of autoimmunity and autoinflammation: the main aim of this review is to critically discuss the hypothesis as well as the current understanding of this enigmatic clinical condition. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Uremic pericarditis: a report of 30 cases and review of the literature.

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    Sadjadi, Seyed-Ali; Mashahdian, Ardavan

    2015-03-22

    Male, 71 • Male, 69 • . Female, 49. Uremic pericarditis. — — Hemodialysis. Nephrology. Rare disease. Uremic pericarditis, common at one time among dialysis patients, has become a rare entity in recent years. Due to its low incidence, its recognition has gained importance among internists, cardiologists, and nephrologists. It can be seen in predialysis patients and in dialysis patients who are on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. We report 3 cases of uremic pericarditis and their presenting manifestations and review 30 cases we have treated. Among these patients, the traditional findings among patients with acute pericarditis such as chest pain, fever, electrocardiographic changes, and leukocytosis are uncommon. Pericardial friction rub has a relatively high incidence but its differentiation by an untrained ear, especially by a non-cardiologist, could be a major problem. Not infrequently, it is complicated by pre-tamponade or tamponade, requiring pericardiocentesis or pericardial surgery. Uremic pericarditis is a treatable, but not always a preventable, condition. Timely recognition of its presence and its efficient management are essential elements of successful treatment.

  2. ST depression in lead aVL differentiates inferior ST-elevation myocardial infarction from pericarditis.

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    Bischof, Johanna E; Worrall, Christine; Thompson, Peter; Marti, David; Smith, Stephen W

    2016-02-01

    ST-segment elevation (STE) due to inferior STE myocardial infarction (STEMI) may be misdiagnosed as pericarditis. Conversely, this less life-threatening etiology of ST elevation may be confused for inferior STEMI. We sought to determine if the presence of any ST-segment depression in lead aVL would differentiate inferior STEMI from pericarditis. Retrospective study of 3 populations. Cohort 1 included patients coded as inferior STEMI, cohort 2 included patients with a discharge diagnosis of pericarditis who presented with chest pain and at least 0.5 mm of ST elevation in at least 1 inferior lead. We analyzed the presenting electrocardiogram in both populations, with careful assessment of leads II, III, aVF, and aVL. In addition, we retrospectively studied a third cohort of patients with subtle inferior STEMI (pericarditis group, all 49 had some inferior STE but none had any ST-segment depression in lead aVL (specificity, 100%; confidence interval, 91%-100%). In the third cohort, there were 272 inferior MIs with coronary occlusion, of which 54 were "subtle." Of these, 49 had some ST depression in lead aVL. When there is inferior ST-segment elevation, the presence of any ST depression in lead aVL is highly sensitive for coronary occlusion in inferior myocardial infarction and very specific for differentiating inferior myocardial infarction from pericarditis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Acute pericarditis due to pegylated interferon alpha therapy for chronic HCV hepatitis - Case report

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    Background Cardio toxicity due to interferon therapy was reported only in small case series or case reports. The most frequent cardiac adverse effects related to interferon are arrhythmias and ischemic manifestations. The cardiomyopathy and pericarditis are rare but can be life threatening. The predisposing factors for interferon cardio toxicity were described only for ischemic manifestations and arrhythmias. Case presentation The authors report a case of pericarditis due to alpha interferon therapy for chronic hepatitis C, in a young woman without previous cardiac pathology. The clinical manifestations started during the 7-th month of interferon treatment. The cessation of interferon was necessary. After interferon discontinuation the patient recovered, with complete resolution of pericarditis. The patient scored 9 points on the Naranjo ADR probability scale, indicating a very probable association between pericarditis and interferon administration. Conclusion If a patient receiving interferon therapy complains of chest pain of sudden onset, a cardiac ultrasound should be performed in order to rule out pericarditis. We point out the possibility of an infrequent but severe adverse effect of interferon therapy. PMID:21453456

  4. Frequency and Predictors of Urgent Coronary Angiography in Patients With Acute Pericarditis

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    Salisbury, Adam C.; Olalla-Gómez, Cristina; Rihal, Charanjit S.; Bell, Malcolm R.; Ting, Henry H.; Casaclang-Verzosa, Grace; Oh, Jae K.

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of urgent coronary angiography in patients with acute pericarditis and to examine clinical characteristics associated with coronary angiography. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of all incident cases of acute viral or idiopathic pericarditis evaluated at Mayo Clinic's site in Rochester, MN, between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2006. The main outcome measures were use of urgent coronary angiography and rate of concomitant coronary artery disease in patients with pericarditis. RESULTS: There were 238 patients with a final diagnosis of acute pericarditis (mean age, 47.7±17.9 years; 157 [66.0%] were male). On the initial electrocardiogram, 146 patients (61.3%) had ST-segment elevation, and 92 (38.7%) had no ST-segment elevation. Coronary angiography was performed in 40 patients (16.8% of all patients); the frequency was 5-fold higher among those with ST-segment elevation (24.7% vs 4.3%; Ppericarditis, particularly those with ST-segment elevation, typical myocardial infarction symptoms, and elevated troponin T values. Coronary artery disease was present angiographically in one-third of patients undergoing the procedure. Although patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction must receive prompt reperfusion, clinicians must also consider the diagnosis of pericarditis to avoid unneeded coronary angiography. PMID:19121248

  5. Non-surgical treatment of purulent pericarditis, due to non-encapsulated Haemophilus influenzae, in an immunocompromised patient

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    Ligtenberg, Jack J.M; van der Werf, Tjip S; Zijlstra, Jan G; Tulleken, Jaap E; Fijen, Jan Willem; Möller, Lieke V.M

    A 59-year-old woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis was admitted with pleural empyema and pericarditis due to non-encapsulated H. influenzae, and developed signs of cardiac tamponade. Purulent pericarditis resolved after ultrasound guided percutaneous aspiration and systemic antimicrobial

  6. Purulent pericarditis, multi-site abscesses and ketoacidosis in a patient with newly diagnosed diabetes: a rare case report.

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    Lee, H-H; Chu, C-Y; Su, H-M; Lin, T-H; Voon, W-C; Lai, W-T; Sheu, S-H; Hsu, P-C

    2014-07-01

    Purulent pericarditis is an acute and fulminant disease characterized by pus accumulation in the pericardial space. Its incidence has declined substantially and the common pathogen has changed since the beginning of the antibiotic era; however, it is still found in some patients with immunocompromised conditions. We report a rare case in which the onset of diabetes mellitus presented as extremely high HbA1c concentration, ketoacidosis, multi-site abscesses and purulent pericarditis. After antibiotic therapy and pericardiocentesis, the purulent pericarditis still did not resolve and further intrapericardial thrombolytic therapy also failed. Finally, this patient was treated successfully by surgical debridement and pericardiectomy. In the immunocompromised state of severe hyperglycaemia, purulent pericarditis is a possible complication of uncontrolled infection. If purulent pericarditis cannot be cured using non-surgical treatments, such as antibiotic therapy, pericardiocentesis and intrapericardial thrombolytic therapy, a surgical pericardiectomy should be considered to avoid morbidity and mortality. © 2014 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2014 Diabetes UK.

  7. Comparison of conventional Ziehl–Neelsen method of acid fast bacilli with modified bleach method in tuberculous lymphadenitis

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    Mani Krishna

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a chronic infectious disease and a major health problem in developing countries, with lymphadenopathy being the most common presentation. Tuberculous lymphadenitis can be diagnosed on fine needle aspiration cytology of lymph node. Conventional Ziehl–Neelsen method for acid fast bacilli plays a key role in the diagnosis and monitoring of treatment for tuberculosis, however, with low sensitivity. Present study emphasizes the role of bleach concentration method in fine needle aspiration cytology of lymph nodes over conventional direct smear microscopy. Materials and Methods: The study included 75 patients with clinically suspected tuberculous lymphadenopathy who were referred to the Department of Pathology in a tertiary care hospital, Faridabad. Data regarding age, sex, duration and site of swelling, nature of aspirate, and cytomorphological diagnosis were documented for each patient. Results: Of the total 75 cases, 15 were positive both in conventional Ziehl–Neelsen method and bleach concentration method. By bleach concentration method, additional 34 cases showed positivity that were not revealed by conventional Ziehl–Neelsen method. Thus, a total 49 cases were positive for acid fast bacilli. Conclusion: There are problems in arriving at an absolute diagnosis in certain cases of tuberculous lymphadenitis when the aspirate shows polymorphous picture with occasional epithelioid cells and absence of typical Langhans giant cell or caseous necrosis. In the present study, acid fast bacilli positivity was established in 65.33% of the cases with the bleach method. Bleach method for detection of tubercle bacilli has a high case detection rate than that of the conventional Ziehl–Neelsen method.

  8. Pediatric glaucoma suspects

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    Full Text Available Karanjit Kooner,1 Matthew Harrison,1 Zohra Prasla,1 Mohannad Albdour,1 Beverley Adams-Huet21Department of Ophthalmology, 2Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Biostatistics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USAPurpose: To report demographic and ocular features of pediatric glaucoma suspects in an ethnically diverse population of North Central Texas.Design: Retrospective cross-sectional chart review.Participants: Subjects included 75 (136 eyes pediatric glaucoma suspects. Patients with one or more of the following risk factors were included: cup-to disc (C/D ratio of ≥0.6; intraocular pressure (IOP ≥21 mmHg; family history of glaucoma; congenital glaucoma in the opposite eye; history of blunt trauma to either eye; and presence of either Sturge–Weber or Axenfeld–Rieger syndrome, or oculodermal melanocytosis.Methods: Data were extracted from electronic patient medical records. Patient records with incomplete data were excluded. The main outcome measures were race, sex, age, IOP, C/D, family history of glaucoma; and glaucoma treatment.Results: Subjects included 28 (37.3% Hispanics, 20 (26.6% African Americans, 20 (26.6% Caucasians, and seven (9.3% Asians. Forty (53.3% of the patients were male. Suspicious optic disc was seen in 57 (76%; elevated IOP in 25 (33.3%; presence of family history in 13 (17.3%, and Sturge–Weber syndrome in nine (12% patients. The average C/D ratio was 0.58±0.2. The C/D ratios of African American (0.65±0.2, Hispanic (0.63±0.2, and Asian (0.62±0.15 patients were significantly greater than those of Caucasians (0.43±0.18; P=0.0004, 0.0003, and 0.0139, respectively. Caucasian patients were the youngest (7.9±4.8 years. Eleven cases (14.7% required medication.Conclusion: Thirty-three point seven percent of patients seen in the glaucoma clinic were glaucoma suspects. The most common risk factors for suspected glaucoma were suspicious optic discs, elevated IOP, and family history

  9. Yellow Nail Syndrome Associated with Pericarditis and Pericardial Effusion: a Case Report

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    Vitorino Modesto dos Santos

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Yellow nail syndrome (YNS is an uncommon condition characterized by nail changes, lymphedema, in addition to pulmonary disorders and pleural effusion. Pericarditis and non-cardiac disorders can evolve with pericardial effusions including autoimmune conditions, hypothyroidism, malignancies, tuberculosis, and uremia. A 72-year-old Brazilian woman under treatment for arterial hypertension and hypothyroidism was admitted with pericarditis and pericardial effusion concomitant with yellow nail syndrome. She denied tobacco smoking, alcohol abuse, and similar disorders in her family. Clinical and complementary evaluation ruled out infectious diseases, malignancies, and autoimmune disorders as etiologic factors in this case. Hypothyroidism is a well-known cause of pericardial effusion, the vast majority in the absence of pericarditis, and has been described as an associated condition in some individuals with YNS. Case studies might contribute to better understanding of these causal or casual relationships.

  10. Pericarditis as the Presenting Feature of Graves Disease in a Pediatric Patient.

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    Cullen, Danielle; Munjal, Neil; Chalal, Hannah; Ramgopal, Sriram; Tas, Emir; Witchel, Selma

    2017-04-01

    Pericarditis is a rare presentation of thyrotoxicosis associated with Graves disease. This association has not been previously described in the pediatric literature. We report a 17-year-old male patient who presented with chest pain, dyspnea, and tachycardia. He was found to have diffuse ST-segment elevation consistent with pericarditis. At presentation, he was noted to have bilateral proptosis. Abnormal thyroid function studies and an elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor antibody level confirmed the diagnosis of Graves thyrotoxicosis. The patient was treated with anti-inflammatory and antithyroid agents and improved in time. We discuss previously reported cases of Graves disease-associated pericarditis in adults, potential etiologies, and management strategies.

  11. The Therapeutic Role of Interleukin-1 Inhibition in Idiopathic Recurrent Pericarditis: Current Evidence and Future Challenges

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    Lazaros, George; Antonatou, Katerina; Vassilopoulos, Dimitrios

    2017-01-01

    Recurrent pericarditis is a common complication of acute pericarditis (15–30%) for which, in most cases, no underlying etiology is found [idiopathic recurrent pericarditis (IRP)]. IRP is currently viewed as an autoinflammatory disease with characteristic recurrent episodes of sterile inflammation. According to the most recent Guidelines, the initial treatment regimen consists of a combination of aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with colchicine followed by the addition of corticosteroids in resistant or intolerant cases. Despite this treatment approach, a number of patients either do not respond or cannot tolerate the above therapies. For this refractory group, small case series and a recent randomized controlled trial have shown that interleukin-1 inhibition with anakinra is a rapidly acting, highly efficient, steroid-sparing, and safe therapeutic intervention. In this perspective, we discuss the available clinical evidence and our own clinical experience as well as the future prospects of this novel therapeutic approach for patients with IRP. PMID:28660191

  12. Yellow Nail Syndrome Associated with Pericarditis and Pericardial Effusion: a Case Report.

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    Santos, Vitorino Modesto dos; Teixeira, Christiane Aires; Almeida, Ana Carla Andrade; Santos, Alessandra Maria Rodrigues Oliveira; Brito, Kátia Rejane Marques; Ferreira, Valerio Alves

    2015-12-01

    Yellow nail syndrome (YNS) is an uncommon condition characterized by nail changes, lymphedema, in addition to pulmonary disorders and pleural effusion. Pericarditis and non-cardiac disorders can evolve with pericardial effusions including autoimmune conditions, hypothyroidism, malignancies, tuberculosis, and uremia. A 72-year-old Brazilian woman under treatment for arterial hypertension and hypothyroidism was admitted with pericarditis and pericardial effusion concomitant with yellow nail syndrome. She denied tobacco smoking, alcohol abuse, and similar disorders in her family. Clinical and complementary evaluation ruled out infectious diseases, malignancies, and autoimmune disorders as etiologic factors in this case. Hypothyroidism is a well-known cause of pericardial effusion, the vast majority in the absence of pericarditis, and has been described as an associated condition in some individuals with YNS. Case studies might contribute to better understanding of these causal or casual relationships.

  13. Tuberculous epididymo-orchitis mimicking a testicular tumour

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    Histopathology unit, Laboratory department, King Khalid Hospital, Hail, Saudi Arabia. Abstract. Introduction: Isolated tuberculous ... An initial diagnosis of epididymo- orchitis was made. A swab of the discharge was taken for .... genitourinary tuberculosis in India: A journey revisited. Indian J Urol 2008; 24: 356 -61. 5. Sah SP ...

  14. Tuberculous anal fistulas – prevalence and clinical features in an ...

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    Introduction. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) in anal fistulas at a referral hospital in Cape Town, and to document the clinical features and course of patients with tuberculous anal fistulas. Patients and methods. This was a prospective study of all patients who underwent surgery for ...

  15. Tuberculous pyomyositis in a patient with diabetes Mellitus | Edo ...

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    Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a well recognized risk factor for development of pyomyositis. The usual causative pathogen of pyomyositis in diabetes mellitus is Staphylococcus aureus. Tuberculous pyomyositis as the sole manifestation of tuberculosis or as the causative agent of soft tissue infection in persons with diabetes ...

  16. Sterility as Unique Symptom of Tuberculous Epididymo-orchitis ...

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    Objective: To study the rare tuberculous epididymo-orchitis causing infertility. Design: Surgical specimens received at a Reference Laboratory serving the Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria were analyzed as regards tuberculosis during a period of 30 years. Results: One hundred cases involving peripheral lymph nodes, 30 cases ...

  17. Presentation and Outcome of Tuberculous Meningitis among Children

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    Background: Diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is complicated and outcome is poor especially in resource limited settings. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are vital in effective treatment. We set out to describe experiences in the management and immediate outcome of TBM a tertiary-level children's hospital in ...

  18. Is it possible to differentiate tuberculous and cryptococcal meningitis ...

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    Background. Tuberculous and cryptococcal meningitis (TBM and CM) are the most common causes of opportunistic meningitis in HIVinfected patients from resource-limited settings, and the differential diagnosis is challenging. Objective. To compare clinical and basic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) characteristics between TBM ...

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    South Sudan Medical Journal. Journal Home · ABOUT · Advanced Search · Current Issue · Archives · Journal Home > Vol 8, No 2 (2015) >. Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads. Username, Password, Remember me, or Register. Do not forget tuberculous meningitis. David Tibbutt. Abstract. No Abstract ...

  20. The epidemiology and outcome of childhood tuberculous meningitis ...

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    A prospective study was undertaken to determine the epidemiology and outcome of tuberculous meningitis in children admitted to hospital in Bloemtontein, OFS. Over a 5-year period 75 patients were studied, and 78% of them were < 5 years of age. The largest group of patients came from rural areas. The annual incidence ...

  1. Tuberculous peritonitis: a study comparing cirrhotic and noncirrhotic patients.

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    Aguado, J M; Pons, F; Casafont, F; San Miguel, G; Valle, R

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    Tuberculous peritonitis is a rare disease, which often goes unrecognized because of the subtle clinical clues and its insidous onset. We retrospectively analyzed the records of 37 cases of tuberculous peritonitis diagnosed over a 15-year period, and compared the clinical and diagnostic features of cirrhotic and noncirrhotic patients. In cirrhotic patients, tuberculous peritonitis can simulate ascites from liver disease or spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. The diagnosis is difficult in these patients because the ascitic fluid may not be of the exudative type as a result of the low albumin level in serum, and lymphocytes do not predominate in all cases. Adenosine deaminase (ADA) activity in ascitic fluid was elevated (higher than 40 U/L) in all 11 patients (four patients with hepatic cirrhosis). The time required to achieve a correct diagnosis was significantly longer in cirrhotic than in noncirrhotic patients. The overall mortality was 13%, with deaths occurring exclusively among cirrhotic patients. We emphasize that tuberculous peritonitis in cirrhotic patients can present an atypical picture. A considerable element of suspicion is necessary.

  2. Anti-tuberculous chemotherapy: 120 years on | Ekweani | Annals of ...

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    The last 120 years have witnessed the discovery of very effective drugs for the treatment of tuberculosis and the evolution of anti-tuberculous drug regimens to the present state where the disease can be cured with the use of 4 or more drugs given for 6 - 12 months provided the drugs are taken regularly and for long enough.

  3. Tuberculous mastitis simulating carcinoma of the breast in a young ...

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    Tuberculous mastitis is an uncommon disease even in countries where tuberculosis is highly endemic. It typically presents a diagnostic challenge masquerading as carcinoma or other primary disease of the breast. We report the case of a young multiparous Nigerian woman who presented with a tender left breast lump and ...

  4. Modeling tuberculous meningitis in zebrafish using Mycobacterium marinum

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    Van Leeuwen, Lisanne M.; Van Der Kuip, Martijn; Youssef, Sameh A.; De Bruin, Alain|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304837261; Bitter, Wilbert; Marceline Van Furth, A.; Van Der Sar, Astrid M.

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    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is one of the most severe extrapulmonary manifestations of tuberculosis, with a high morbidity and mortality. Characteristic pathological features of TBM are Rich foci, i.e. brain- and spinal-cord-specific granulomas formed after hematogenous spread of pulmonary

  5. Modeling tuberculous meningitis in zebrafish using Mycobacterium marinum.

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    van Leeuwen, L.M.; van der Kuip, M.; Youssef, S.A.; de Bruin, A.; Bitter, W.; van Furth, A.M.; van der Sar, A.M.

    2014-01-01

    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is one of the most severe extrapulmonary manifestations of tuberculosis, with a high morbidity and mortality. Characteristic pathological features of TBM are Rich foci, i.e. brain- and spinal-cord-specific granulomas formed after hematogenous spread of pulmonary

  6. Non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae purulent pericarditis in a child with cystic fibrosis.

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    Downes, Kevin J; Abulebda, Kamal; Siracusa, Christopher; Moore, Ryan; Staat, Mary A; Poynter, Sue E

    2016-07-01

    Early airway colonization and infection with Haemophilus influenzae in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) is common. Although the pathogenicity of non-typeable H. influenzae (NTHi) in patients with CF is controversial, this organism can cause both upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Extra-pulmonary disease, however, is rare. Purulent pericarditis is a suppurative complication of bacterial infection of the pericardial space that can arise as a result of direct extension from an adjacent infection. We describe a case of purulent pericarditis due to NTHi in a young child with CF that developed as a complication of inadequately treated bronchopneumonia. © 2016 Japan Pediatric Society.

  7. Bacterial Pericarditis Accompanied by Sudden Cardiac Tamponade After Transbronchial Needle Aspiration Cytology.

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    Matsumoto, Takeshi; Otsuka, Kojiro; Imai, Yukihiro; Tomii, Keisuke

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    A 48-year-old man was referred for an abnormal shadow in his chest x-ray. Transbronchial needle aspiration cytology was performed at the mediastinal necrotic lymph node #7, and he was diagnosed as having small cell carcinoma. Fifteen days after bronchoscopy, sudden cardiac tamponade occurred and pericardial drainage suggested a diagnosis of bacterial pericarditis. He was successfully treated by drainage and administration of antibiotics. Complication of bacterial pericarditis associated with bronchoscopy is rare. However, physicians should watch for the appearance of this condition for up to 3 weeks after bronchoscopy, especially in cases with necrotic lymph nodes.

  8. Tuberculous meningitis: advances in diagnosis and treatment.

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    Török, M E

    2015-03-01

    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is the most severe form of infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, causing death or disability in more than half of those affected. The aim of this review is to examine recent advances in our understanding of TBM, focussing on the diagnosis and treatment of this devastating condition. Papers on TBM published between 1891 and 2014 and indexed in the NCBI Pubmed. The following search terms were used: TBM, diagnosis, treatment and outcome. The diagnosis of TBM remains difficult as its presentation is non-specific and may mimic other causes of chronic meningoencephalitis. Rapid recognition of TBM is crucial, however, as delays in initiating treatment are associated with poor outcome. The laboratory diagnosis of TBM is hampered by the low sensitivity of cerebrospinal fluid microscopy and the slow growth of M. tuberculosis in conventional culture systems. The current therapy of TBM is based on the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, which may not be ideal. The combination of TBM and HIV infection poses additional management challenges because of the need to treat both infections and the complications associated with them. The pathogenesis of TBM remains incompletely understood limiting the development of interventions to improve outcome. The optimal therapy of TBM has not been established in clinical trials, and increasing antimicrobial resistance threatens successful treatment of this condition. The use of adjunctive anti-inflammatory agents remains controversial, and their mechanism of action remains incompletely understood. The role of surgical intervention is uncertain and may not be available in areas where TBM is common. Laboratory methods to improve the rapid diagnosis of TBM are urgently required. Clinical trials of examining the use of high-dose rifampicin and/or fluoroquinolones are likely to report in the near future. The use of biomarkers to improve the rapid diagnosis of TBM warrants further investigation. The role of

  9. Concentration of lymph node aspirate improves the sensitivity of acid fast smear microscopy for the diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis in Jimma, southwest Ethiopia.

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    Tadesse, Mulualem; Abebe, Gemeda; Abdissa, Ketema; Bekele, Alemayehu; Bezabih, Mesele; Apers, Ludwig; Colebunders, Robert; Rigouts, Leen

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    Tuberculous lymphadenitis (TBLN) is the most common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. The cytomorphological features of lymph node smears have reduced specificity for the diagnosis of tuberculosis. The diagnosis of TBLN with direct smear microscopy lacks sensitivity due to the limited number of bacilli in lymph node aspirate. Therefore, we aimed to assess whether the concentration of lymph node aspirate improves the sensitivity of acid fast smear microscopy for the diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis. A cross-sectional comparative study was conducted on 200 patients clinically suspected for tuberculous lymphadenitis in Jimma, Ethiopia. Lymph node aspirate was collected. The first two drops were used for cytomorphological study and direct acid fast staining. The remaining aspirate was treated with N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NALC) and concentrated by centrifugation at 3000 g for 15 minutes. The sediment was used for acid fast staining and culture. Differentiation of M. tuberculosis complex (MTBC) from non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) was done by para-nitrobenzoic acid susceptibility test. Complete data were available for 187 study subjects. 68% (127/187) were positive for M. tuberculosis on culture. Four isolates, 2.1% (4/187), were identified as NTM. The detection rate of direct smear microscopy was 25.1% and that of the concentration method 49.7%. Cytomorphologically, 79.7% of cases were classified as TBLN. The sensitivity of direct smear microscopy was 34.6%, for concentrated smear microscopy 66.1%, and for cytomorphology 89.8%. Two AFB positive cases on concentration method were non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM). The concentration method yielded a positive result from seven cases diagnosed as suppurative abscess by cytology. Both for the direct and concentration methods the highest rate of AFB positivity was observed in smears showing caseous necrosis alone. Smear positivity rate decreased with the appearance of epithelioid cell aggregates. The concentration

  10. Six months therapy for tuberculous meningitis.

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    Jullien, Sophie; Ryan, Hannah; Modi, Manish; Bhatia, Rohit

    2016-09-01

    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is the main form of tuberculosis that affects the central nervous system and is associated with high rates of death and disability. Most international guidelines recommend longer antituberculous treatment (ATT) regimens for TBM than for pulmonary tuberculosis disease to prevent relapse. However, longer regimens are associated with poor adherence, which could contribute to increased relapse, development of drug resistance, and increased costs to patients and healthcare systems. To compare the effects of short-course (six months) regimens versus prolonged-course regimens for people with tuberculous meningitis (TBM). We searched the following databases up to 31 March 2016: the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register; the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), published in the Cochrane Library; MEDLINE; EMBASE; LILACS; INDMED; and the South Asian Database of Controlled Clinical Trials. We searched the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (WHO ICTRP) and ClinicalTrials.gov for ongoing trials. We also checked article reference lists and contacted researchers in the field. We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and prospective cohort studies of adults and children with TBM treated with antituberculous regimens that included rifampicin for six months or longer than six months. The primary outcome was relapse, and included studies required a minimum of six months follow-up after completion of treatment. Two review authors (SJ and HR) independently assessed the literature search results for eligibility, and performed data extraction and 'Risk of bias' assessments of the included studies. We contacted study authors for additional information when necessary. Most data came from single arm cohort studies without a direct comparison so we pooled the findings for each group of cohorts and presented them separately using a complete-case analysis. We assessed the quality of

  11. Increasing serum calcium levels and recent return from transplantation as clues to the tuberculous nature of refractory peritoneal dialysis peritonitis

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    Full Text Available Peritoneal tuberculosis is an uncommon complication of peritoneal dialysis in Europe. It is more common in Asian immigrants. A delayed diagnosis is frequent and impairs patient outcomes. We present two cases of peritoneal tuberculosis with common features that may help suspect the disease early countries with a low incidence. Both patients were females (of Spanish origin who had recently restarted peritoneal dialysis following kidney transplantation. Both developed bacterial peritonitis clinically that was refractory to conventional antibiotics, despite clearance of bacteria. Both stopped calcium-containing phosphate binders because of increasing serum calcium that in one case led to frank hypercalcemia that persisted despite low calcium dialysate. Peritoneal biopsy was the first positive test in both cases. This report emphasizes the recent return from transplantation and rising serum calcium levels as features that should alert the physician of a potential underlying tuberculous peritonitis.

  12. Carbohydrate antigen 125 and carcinoembryonic antigen in the differentiation of tuberculous peritonitis and peritonitis carcinomatosa

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    Tumor markers could increase in both tuberculous peritonitis and peritonitis carcinomatosa, confusing the differentiation of these diseases. This study aimed to better understand the extent of elevation and diagnostic efficacies of carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA 125), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and combinative use of them in tuberculous peritonitis and peritonitis carcinomatosa. Of 2998 patients reviewed, 101, 120 and 71 patients were assigned to TBP group (tuberculous peritonitis), non-OCA...

  13. Atrial flutter ablation in a case of diuretic resistant constrictive pericarditis

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    This is the first reported case of symptomatic improvement in a patient with constrictive pericarditis and persistent atrial flutter with targeted treatment of the dysrhythmia. This offers a possible short-term palliation option in a group of patients where definitive surgical management carries too high a risk.

  14. A stone miner with both silicosis and constrictive pericarditis: case report and review of the literature.

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    Jiang, Yajian; Shao, Fangchun

    2013-12-06

    The working environment of stone miners has been believed to cause their susceptibility to respiratory diseases. Silicosis is an occupational disease caused by exposure to crystalline silica dust which is marked by inflammation and scarring in the lung. The immune system boosted after the silica invasion led to self-damage and lay the foundation of silicosis pathogenesis. Silicosis coexisting with other diseases in one patient has been reported, however, was not reported to coexist with constrictive pericarditis. We, for the first time, reported a patient with silicosis and constrictive pericarditis and thought the immune response was probably the link between the two. A 59-year-old Chinese stone miner complained of chest distress was found to have lung nodules which were found to be silica deposits by biopsy. This patient was also found to have constrictive pericarditis at the same time. Later surgical decortication cured his symptoms. We provided the first case having constrictive pericarditis concomitant with silicosis. A probable link between the two diseases was the immune response boosted by the silica deposits.

  15. Postpulmonary Embolism Pericarditis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Full Text Available Pericarditis developing as a sequela of pulmonary embolism has been rarely described. A 44-year-old male presented with acute dyspnea and pleuritic pain; V/Q scan showed multiple perfusion defects, and he was treated with heparin. Three days later retrosternal pain was accompanied by a pericardial friction rub. There was a rapid response to systemic corticosteroid therapy; anticoagulation was continued. Steroids were discontinued after four weeks, and anticoagulation (warfarin was continued. Two months later he presented with clinical features of pulmonary embolus and new perfusion defects on scan. He was treated with heparin and warfarin; three weeks later clinical features of pericarditis recurred, and he was again treated successfully with four weeks' oral prednisone. Three months later pericarditis recurred without signs of pulmonary embolism; computed tomography scan showed thickening of the pericardium. The patient was asymptomatic for five months on indomethacin. A literature search showed 11 cases of pericarditis associated with emboli, all responding promptly to steroids. Continuation of anticoagulation does not appear to increase the risk (or magnitude of hemorrhagic pericardial effusion.

  16. Constrictive pericarditis and pleuropulmonary fibrosis secondary to cabergoline treatment for Parkinson’s disease

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    Townsend, M; MacIver, D H

    2004-01-01

    A 63 year old man with a six year history of Parkinson’s disease presented with signs of right heart failure following a knee replacement. Constrictive pericarditis was diagnosed and a radical pericardectomy performed. Six months later, the patient remained unwell with raised inflammatory markers. An inflammatory fibrotic reaction caused by cabergoline was diagnosed. He improved after cessation of cabergoline. PMID:15253989

  17. First Report of Infectious Pericarditis Due to Bordetella holmesii in an Adult Patient with Malignant Lymphoma

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    Hyodo, Hideya; Sonobe, Kazunari; Dan, Kazuo; Saito, Ryoichi

    2012-01-01

    Bordetella holmesii is a fastidious Gram-negative rod first identified in 1995. Though rare, it is isolated mainly in immunocompromised and asplenic hosts and is associated with bacteremia, pertussis-like respiratory tract infection, and endocarditis. Herein, we describe a unique B. holmesii infectious pericarditis patient with malignant lymphoma. PMID:22378902

  18. Protein-losing enteropathy in camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa vara-pericarditis (CACP) syndrome

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    Peters, B.; Schuurs-Hoeijmakers, J.H.M.; Fuijkschot, J.; Reimer, A.G.; Flier, M. van der; Lugtenberg, D.; Hoppenreijs, E.P.A.H.

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa vara-pericarditis (CACP, OMIM: #208250) syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive disease that can be difficult to recognise not only because of its wide clinical variability but also because of its clinical resemblance to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

  19. [A Case of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia That Developed Fibrous Pericarditis Owing to Nilotinib Use].

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    Miura, Shogo; Murase, Kazuyuki; Sakurada, Akira; Takada, Kohichi; Iyama, Satoshi; Sato, Tsutomu; Sato, Yasushi; Miyanishi, Koji; Kobune, Masayoshi; Muranaka, Atsuko; Tachibana, Kazutoshi; Kato, Junji

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    A 64-year-old man was diagnosed with chronic-phase chronic myelogenous leukemia(CML)in May 2009. He was treated with imatinib and achieved complete cytogenetic response(CCyR)in 2 months. After 4 months of treatment, he developed interstitial pneumonia and became intolerant to imatinib. He was then switched to nilotinib from October of the same year. In June 2013, he was diagnosed with drug-induced pericarditis resulting from nilotinib use, and thus, nilotinib was discontinued. Subsequently, he was followed up without specific treatment for CML. In January 2014, he was admitted to the Dept. of Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Medicine at our hospital because of heart failure. After examinations of cardiac function, he was diagnosed with constrictive pericarditis. Therefore, pericardiolysis was performed by the Dept. of Cardiovascular Surgery at our hospital. Pathologic findings showed hyaline-like fibrous tissue proliferation in the pericardium, which was diagnosed as fibrous pericarditis induced by nilotinib. We report a case of chronic myelogenous leukemia that developed fibrous pericarditis owing to nilotinib use.

  20. Descending necrotizing mediastinitis with diffuse ST elevation mimicking pericarditis: a case report.

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    Cho, Young Soon; Choi, Jae Hyung

    2014-10-01

    Descending necrotizing mediastinitis (DNM) is a potentially fatal disease that requires aggressive treatment, including mediastinal exploration. The inflammation associated with DNM may involve the heart, which produces acute changes in the electrocardiogram (ECG). As a result, the ECG may mimic pericarditis, causing some diagnostic confusion. The objectives of this case report are to describe a case of DNM presenting electrocardiographically with pericarditis, and to discuss how to differentiate between benign viral pericarditis and DNM, and the management of these two diseases. We present the case of a previously healthy 50-year-old man who presented to the Emergency Department for chest pain and presumed pericarditis. The patient presented with ST elevation on multiple leads on ECG, tenderness in the neck, widened mediastinum on the chest radiograph, and nonspecific laboratory test results. Echocardiography revealed normal ventricle function and the presence of mild pericardial effusion. The emergency physician performed contrast-enhanced neck computed tomography (CT) to rule out deep-neck infection. The CT scan showed marginal rim-enhancing abscesses in the retropharyngeal, bilateral submandibular, and anterior visceral spaces with extension into the thoracic cavity. Contrast-enhanced chest CT was performed consecutively. The final diagnosis was deep-neck infection with DNM. The patient underwent mediastinoscopy-assisted drainage and neck fasciotomy twice and received 7 weeks of therapy with intravenous meropenem. The present case highlights the importance of considering a mediastinal cause for acute ECG changes. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Complicated Pericarditis: Understanding Risk Factors and Pathophysiology to Inform Imaging and Treatment.

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    Cremer, Paul C; Kumar, Arnav; Kontzias, Apostolos; Tan, Carmela D; Rodriguez, E Rene; Imazio, Massimo; Klein, Allan L

    2016-11-29

    Most patients with acute pericarditis have a benign course and a good prognosis. However, a minority of patients develop complicated pericarditis, and the care of these patients is the focus of this review. Specifically, we address risk factors, multimodality imaging, pathophysiology, and novel treatments. The authors conclude that: 1) early high-dose corticosteroids, a lack of colchicine, and an elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein are associated with the development of complicated pericarditis; 2) in select cases, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging may aid in the assessment of pericardial inflammation and constriction; 3) given phenotypic similarities between recurrent idiopathic pericarditis and periodic fever syndromes, disorders of the inflammasome may contribute to relapsing attacks; and 4) therapies that target the inflammasome may lead to more durable remission and resolution. Finally, regarding future investigations, the authors discuss the potential of cardiovascular magnetic resonance to inform treatment duration and the need to compare steroid-sparing treatments to pericardiectomy. Copyright © 2016 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Constrictive pericarditis in a patient with sinus venosus atrial septal defect and anomalous right upper pulmonary venous return

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This is a report of a 49-year-old male, who presented with typical signs and symptoms of constrictive pericarditis. He was diagnosed with sinus venosus atrial septal defect (ASD and anomalous right upper pulmonary venous return during his adolescence, which was elected not to be repaired. During the attempted repair of the ASD it was noted there was a thick fibrous material covering the heart, which had progressed over time leading to frank constrictive pericarditis. His ASD spontaneously closed over time. There have been less than 10 cases reported with constrictive pericarditis of nonsurgical etiology in a patient with ASD, and none with sinus venosus ASD.

  3. Usefulness of high-dose intravenous human immunoglobulins treatment for refractory recurrent pericarditis.

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    Moretti, Michele; Buiatti, Alessandra; Merlo, Marco; Massa, Laura; Fabris, Enrico; Pinamonti, Bruno; Sinagra, Gianfranco

    2013-11-01

    The management of refractory recurrent pericarditis is challenging. Previous clinical reports have noted a beneficial effect of high-dose intravenous human immunoglobulins (IvIgs) in isolated and systemic inflammatory disease-related forms. In this article, we analyzed retrospectively our clinical experience with IvIg therapy in a series of clinical cases of pericarditis refractory to conventional treatment. We retrospectively analyzed 9 patients (1994 to 2010) with refractory recurrent pericarditis, who received high-dose IvIg as a part of their medical treatment. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, or colchicine treatment was not discontinued during IvIg treatment. No patients had a history of autoimmune or connective tissue diseases. During an average period of 11 months from the first recurrence, patients had experienced a mean of 5 relapses before the first IvIg treatment. In 4 cases, patients showed complete clinical remission with no further relapse after the first IvIg cycle. Two patients experienced a single minor relapse, responsive to short-term nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In 2 patients, we performed a second cycle of IvIg after a recurrence of pericarditis, with subsequent complete remission. One patient did not respond to 3 cycles of IvIg and subsequently underwent pericardial window and long-term immunosuppressive treatment. No major adverse effect was observed in consequence of IvIg administration in all the cases. In conclusion, although IvIg mode of action is still poorly understood in this setting, this treatment can be considered as an option in patients with recurrent pericarditis refractory to conventional medical treatment and, in our small series, has proved to be effective in 8 of 9 cases. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Sex-based differences in prevalence and clinical presentation among pericarditis and myopericarditis patients.

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    Laufer-Perl, Michal; Havakuk, Ofer; Shacham, Yacov; Steinvil, Arie; Letourneau-Shesaf, Sivan; Chorin, Ehud; Keren, Gad; Arbel, Yaron

    2017-02-01

    Sex differences in heart diseases, including acute coronary syndrome, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation, have been studied extensively. However, data are lacking regarding sex differences in pericarditis and myopericarditis patients. The purpose of the study was to evaluate whether there are sex differences in pericarditis and myopericarditis patients as well. We performed a retrospective, single-center observational study that included 200 consecutive patients hospitalized with idiopathic pericarditis or myopericarditis from January 2012 to April 2014. Patients were evaluated for sex differences in prevalence, clinical presentation, laboratory variables, and outcome. We excluded patients with a known cause for pericarditis. Among 200 consecutive patients, 55 (27%) were female. Compared with men, women were significantly older (60±19 years vs 46±19 years, P<.001) and had a higher rate of chronic medical conditions. Myopericarditis was significantly more common among men (51% vs 25%, P=.001). Accordingly, men had significantly higher levels of peak troponin (6.8±17 ng/mL vs 0.9±2.6 ng/mL, P<.001), whereas women presented more frequently with pericardial effusion (68% vs 45%, P=.006). Interestingly, women had a significantly lower rate of hospitalization in the cardiology department (42% vs 63%, P=.015). Overall, there were no significant differences in ejection fraction, type of treatment, complications, or in-hospital mortality. Most patients admitted with acute idiopathic pericarditis are male. In addition, men have a higher prevalence of myocardial involvement. Significant sex differences exist in laboratory variables and in hospital management; however, the outcome is similar and favorable in both sexes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Incidence and prognostic significance of new onset atrial fibrillation/flutter in acute pericarditis.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Lazaros, George; Picardi, Elisa; Vasileiou, Panagiotis; Orlando, Fabrizio; Carraro, Mara; Tsiachris, Dimitris; Vlachopoulos, Charalambos; Georgiopoulos, George; Tousoulis, Dimitrios; Belli, Riccardo; Gaita, Fiorenzo

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    Data on the incidence of new onset atrial fibrillation and flutter (AF/f) in patients with acute pericarditis are limited. We sought to determine the incidence and prognostic significance of AF/f in this setting. Between January 2006 and June 2014, consecutive new cases of acute pericarditis were included in two urban referral centres for pericardial diseases. All new cases of AF/f defined as episodes lasting ≥30 s were recorded. Events considered during follow-up consisted of AF/f and pericarditis recurrence, cardiac tamponade, pericardial constriction and death. 822 consecutive new cases of acute pericarditis (mean age 53±15 years, 444 men) were analysed. AF/f was detected in 35 patients (4.3%, mean age 66.5±11.3 years, 18 men). Patients with AF/f were significantly older (p=0.017) and presented more frequently with pericardial effusion (ppericarditis onset in 91.4% of cases, lasted >24 h in 25.7% and spontaneously converted in 74.3% of patients. Underlying structural heart disease was present in 17% of AF/f cases. In a 30-month follow-up, patients with history of AF/f at the initial episode had a higher rate of arrhythmia occurrence (34.3% vs 0.9%, ppericarditis identifies a predisposed population to AF/f with a high recurrence risk (about 35%): in these patients, pericarditis may act as an arrhythmic trigger and oral anticoagulation should be seriously considered according to guidelines. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  6. Usefulness of cardiac magnetic resonance-guided management in patients with recurrent pericarditis.

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    Alraies, M Chadi; AlJaroudi, Wael; Yarmohammadi, Hirad; Yingchoncharoen, Teerapat; Schuster, Andres; Senapati, Alpana; Tariq, Muhammad; Kwon, Deborah; Griffin, Brian P; Klein, Allan L

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    Recurrent pericarditis (RP) affects 10% to 50% of patients with acute pericarditis. The use of steroids has been associated with increased recurrence rate of pericarditis, along with known major side effects. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is more frequently used to assess pericardial inflammation and less commonly to guide therapy. The aim of this study was to assess the utility of CMR in the management of RP compared with standard therapy. A total of 507 consecutive patients with RP after the first attack, all of whom were treated with colchicine and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as first-line therapy, were retrospectively evaluated. There were 257 patients who were treated with medications and received CMR-guided therapy (group 1) and 250 patients who were treated with medications without CMR (group 2). The 2 groups had similar baseline characteristics and follow-up periods (17 ± 7.9 vs 16.3 ± 16.2 months, respectively, p = 0.97). CMR was used to assess the presence of pericardial inflammation, and on the basis of the results, the clinician made changes to the steroid dose dictated by the severity of inflammation. There was no significant difference in the incidence of constrictive pericarditis, pericardial window, or pericardiectomy between groups during the follow-up. However, group 2 patients had a larger number of steroid pulse therapies (defined as prednisone 50 mg/day orally for 10 days and tapering to none over 4 weeks), and higher overall total milligrams of steroid administered compared with the CMR group (p = 0.003 and p = 0.001, respectively). Recurrence and pericardiocentesis rates were lower in group 1 (p pericarditis recurrence and exposure to steroids. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. A Case of Tuberculous Granulomatous Panniculitis without Vasculitis

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of tuberculous granulomatous panniculitis without vasculitis in an 87-year-old female patient with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. One month after starting chemotherapy with chlorambucil and prednisone she presented superficial erythematous plaques on the anterior side of the left leg. Three weeks later erythematous painless deep nodules appeared on the left popliteal fossa and on the left thigh. Cutaneous biopsy revealed granulomatous panniculitis without caseation necrosis or vasculitis. Polymerase chain reaction for Mycobacterium tuberculosis revealed positivity in the skin. The final diagnosis was reactivation of latent tuberculosis (TB induced by deep immunosuppression associated with chemotherapy and haematological disease. Tuberculous granulomatous panniculitis without vasculitis is a rare presentation of cutaneous TB and may be part of the heterogeneous histopathologic spectrum of erythema induratum of Bazin (nodular vasculitis. Our case shows that the diagnosis of cutaneous TB requires the correlation of clinical findings with histopathology and microbiological tests.

  8. Technology and the Glaucoma Suspect

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    Blumberg, Dana M; De Moraes, Carlos Gustavo; Liebmann, Jeffrey M; Garg, Reena; Chen, Cynthia; Theventhiran, Alex; Hood, Donald C

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    ...), stereoscopic disc photographs, and automated perimetry as assessed by a group of glaucoma specialists in differentiating individuals with early glaucoma from suspects. Forty-six eyes (46 patients...

  9. Periductal stromal sarcoma of the breast with coexistent tuberculous mastitis

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    Bembem Khuraijam

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    Full Text Available Periductal stromal sarcoma is a rare low-grade biphasic malignancy arising from periductal breast stroma. This tumor is distinct from phyllodes as it lacks the characteristic leaf-like architecture. Tuberculous mastitis is an uncommon infection seen rarely in the breast parenchyma. We present a rare association between the two diseases, which to the best of our knowledge is the first case reported so far.

  10. Tuberculous otitis media: findings on high-resolution CT

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    Lungenschmid, D. [Dept. of Radiodiagnostics, University Hospital Innsbruck (Austria)]|[Dept. of Magnetic Resonance and Spectroscopy, University Hospital of Innsbruck (Austria); Buchberger, W. [Dept. of Radiodiagnostics, University Hospital Innsbruck (Austria)]|[Dept. of Magnetic Resonance and Spectroscopy, University Hospital of Innsbruck (Austria); Schoen, G. [Dept. of Radiodiagnostics, University Hospital Innsbruck (Austria); Schoepf, R. [Radiologic Inst., Landeck (Austria); Mihatsch, T. [Dept. of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, University Hospital of Innsbruck (Austria); Birbamer, G. [Dept. of Magnetic Resonance and Spectroscopy, University Hospital of Innsbruck (Austria); Wicke, K. [Inst. of Computed Tomography, University Hospital of Innsbruck (Austria)

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    We describe two cases of tuberculous otitis media studied with high-resolution computed tomography (CT). Findings included extensive soft tissue densities with fluid levels in the tympanic cavity, the antrum, the mastoid and petrous air cells. Multifocal bony erosions and reactive bone sclerosis were seen as well. CT proved valuable for planning therapy by accurately displaying the involvement of the various structures of the middle and inner ear. However, the specific nature of the disease could only be presumed. (orig.)

  11. Tuberculous otitis media with facial paralysis: microbiological and clinical study

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease affecting various organs and tissues even if the lung is the most commonly involved site.A case of tuberculous otitis media in a patient who had no history of tuberculosis is herewith presented with the aim of increasing the awareness of this disease whose diagnosis is often delayed because either of the rarity of this pathologic condition or of its usually indolent course.

  12. Intestinal ileus and pneumatosis intestinalis as the major manifestations of tuberculous peritonitis: A diagnostic challenge

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    Chang-Hua Chen

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    Full Text Available Tuberculous peritonitis (TBP is a continuing problem in populations with high prevalence of tuberculosis and is difficult to diagnose early. Here, we report a case of confirmed TBP that presented as intestinal ileus and pneumatosis intestinalis. The 79-year-old woman had a history of atrial fibrillation, chronic ischemic heart disease, and chronic renal failure (chronic kidney disease, stage V. She complained of abdominal fullness and pain for 1 week prior to hospitalization. A computed tomography (CT scan revealed pneumatosis intestinalis. Laparoscopic surgery was performed, and multiple whitish nodules covering the peritoneum were discovered. Biopsy results were consistent with caseating granulomatous inflammation. A modified anti-tuberculosis regimen (isoniazid, 300 mg daily; rifampicin 600 mg daily; ethambutol 800 mg three times per week; and pyrazinamide 1200 mg three times per week was initiated, stabilizing the condition of the patient. The total duration of anti-tuberculosis therapy was 12 months, with patient condition gradually improving to normal. The elderly, uremic patients recovered fully after the modified anti-tuberculosis regimen for 12 months. For clinical practice, we developed a decision-making algorithm for patients suspecting TBP.

  13. Isolation and characterization of non tuberculous mycobacteria from humans and animals in Namwala District of Zambia.

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    Malama, Sydney; Munyeme, Musso; Mwanza, Sydney; Muma, John Bwalya

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    The genus Mycobacterium contains more than 100 species, most of which are classified as non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). In Zambia, the NTM are slowly becoming recognized as pathogens of major public health significance with the advent of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This study aimed at reporting the isolated NTM and ascertains their zoonotic potential and diagnostic significance in Zambia. A total of 100 sputum samples were collected from three health facilities from suspected pulmonary tuberculosis human patients. In addition, 67 lymph node tissue samples from cattle and 14 from Kafue lechwe (Kobus leche kafuensis) showing tuberculosis-like lesions were collected. The samples were appropriately decontaminated and cultured on Middlebrook 7H10 and Stone brink. The isolates were then identified accordingly using the 16S ribosomal RNA analysis method. A total of 8 NTM were isolated from human sputum, 12 from cattle and 1 from the Kafue lechwe. The identified NTM included M. intracellulae, M. abscess, M. chimaera, M. bolleti, M. fortuitum and M. stomatopae sp. Nov. The isolation of NTM from humans and animals at the interface in Namwala district has highlighted the clinical significance and diagnostic challenge. The epidemiological investigation of NTM in the study area is therefore recommended. This should include sampling from environmental sources such as water and soil.

  14. Radiographic features of tuberculous osteitis in greater trochanter and lschium

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    Hahm, So Hee; Lee, Ye Ri [Hanil Hospital Affiliated to KEPCO, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dong Jin; Sung, Ki Jun [Yonsei Univ. Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju (Korea, Republic of); Lim, Jong Nam [Konkuk Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate, if possible, the radiographic features of tuberculous osteitis in the greater trochanter and ischium, and to determine the cause of the lesions. We reterospectively reviewed the plain radiographic findings of 14 ptients with histologically proven tuberculous osteitis involving the greater trochanter and ischium. In each case, the following were analyzed:morphology of bone destruction, including cortical erosion;periosteal reaction;presence or abscence of calcific shadows in adjacent soft tissue. On the basis of an analysis of radiographic features and correlation of the anatomy with adjacent structures we attempted to determine causes. Of the 14 cases evaluated, 12 showed varrious degrees of extrinsic erosion on the outer cortical bone of the greater trochanter and ischium ; in two cases, bone destruction was so severe that the radiographic features of advanced perforated osteomyelitis were simulated. In addition to findings of bone destruction, in these twelve cases, the presence of sequestrum or calcific shadows was seen in adjacent soft tissue. Tuberculous osteitis in the greater trochanter and ischium showed the characteristic findings of chronic extrinsic erosion. On the basis of these findings we can suggest that these lesions result from an extrinsic pathophysiologic cause such as adjacent bursitis.

  15. The role of aspirin in childhood tuberculous meningitis.

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    Schoeman, Johan F; Janse van Rensburg, Anita; Laubscher, Jacoba A; Springer, Priscilla

    2011-08-01

    Arterial stroke is the main cause of poor outcome in childhood tuberculous meningitis. Aspirin has an antithrombotic action at low dose and anti-ischemic and anti-inflammatory properties, which are dose-related. The aim of the study was to explore the possible benefits of aspirin in children with tuberculous meningitis. A total of 146 consecutive children with a diagnosis of probable tuberculous meningitis were studied. Patients were randomized into 3 groups: (1) placebo group, (2) low-dose aspirin group, and (3) high-dose aspirin group. Twenty-nine additional patients who received aspirin before admission were excluded from the randomized study, but continued on low-dose aspirin. Aspirin, irrespective of dose, did not show any significant benefit regarding morbidity (hemiparesis and developmental outcome) and mortality. Aspirin was well tolerated, but 1 death was probably related to aspirin. The fact that the outcome of the high-dose aspirin group compared favorably with the other treatment groups despite younger age and more severe neurological involvement at baseline needs further investigation.

  16. Tuberculous Enteritis: A Rare Complication of Miliary Tuberculosis

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    Danisha Figueroa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous enteritis is a clinical rarity even in immunocompromised patients. We present a case of miliary tuberculosis with gastrointestinal involvement. A 47-year-old homosexual male from Philippines with no significant medical history presented with productive cough, night sweats, subjective fevers, shortness of breath, watery diarrhea, and 25-pound weight loss in past one year. On physical exam he was afebrile, mildly hypotensive, tachycardic, and tachypneic, but saturating well on room air. He was cachectic with oral thrush and bilateral fine rales. Chest X-ray revealed a miliary pattern. His sputum AFB smear was strongly positive. PCR and sputum culture were positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. He was started on Rifampin, Isoniazid, Ethambutol, and Pyrazinamide. He was found to be HIV positive with an absolute CD4 count of 4 cells/μL. Due to persistent diarrhea, stool was sent for AFB culture and grew M. tuberculosis. He responded well to treatment with resolution of symptoms. Tuberculous enteritis occurs in about 2% of the patients with pulmonary tuberculosis. Although it is uncommon, it should be considered in patients with active pulmonary tuberculosis and abdominal complaints. A presumptive diagnosis of tuberculous enteritis can be made in the setting of active pulmonary tuberculosis with suggestive clinical, endoscopic, and/or radiographic findings.

  17. Cognitive Machine-Learning Algorithm for Cardiac Imaging: A Pilot Study for Differentiating Constrictive Pericarditis From Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

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    Sengupta, Partho P; Huang, Yen-Min; Bansal, Manish; Ashrafi, Ali; Fisher, Matt; Shameer, Khader; Gall, Walt; Dudley, Joel T

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    .... Clinical and echocardiographic data of 50 patients with constrictive pericarditis and 44 with restrictive cardiomyopathy were used for developing an associative memory classifier-based machine-learning algorithm...

  18. Axial involvement with facet joint arthropathy and bony ankylosis in a case of camptodactyly, arthropathy, coxa vara, pericarditis (CACP) syndrome

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    Emad, Y.; Ragab, Y.; Khalifa, M.; Bassyouni, I.; El Shaarawy, Nashwa; Rasker, Hans J.

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    Familial arthropathy associated with congenital camptodactyly has been previously recognized as a definite clinical entity in the literature. The clinical spectrum of this disease seems to be variable. The typical features of congenital camptodactyly, arthropathy, coxa vara and pericarditis (CACP

  19. Detection of 65 kD heat shock protein in cerebrospinal fluid of tuberculous meningitis patients

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    Taori Girdhar M

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM is difficult. Rapid confirmatory diagnosis is essential to initiate required therapy. There are very few published reports about the diagnostic significance of 65 kD heat shock protein (hsp in TBM patients, which is present in a wide range of Mycobacterium tuberculosis species and elicits a cellular and humoral immune response. In the present study we have conducted a prospective evaluation for the demonstration of 65 kD hsp antigen in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF of TBM patients, by indirect ELISA method using monoclonal antibodies (mAb against the 65 kD hsp antigen, for the diagnosis of TBM. Methods A total of 160 CSF samples of different groups of patients (confirmed TBM {n = 18}, clinically suspected TBM {n = 62}, non TBM infectious meningitis {n = 35} and non-infectious neurological diseases {n = 45} were analyzed by indirect ELISA method using mAb to 65 kD hsp antigen. The Kruskal Wallis test (Non-Parametric ANOVA with the Dunnett post test was used for statistical analysis. Results The indirect ELISA method yielded 84% sensitivity and 90% specificity for the diagnosis of TBM using mAb to 65 kD hsp antigen. The mean absorbance value of 65 kD hsp antigen in TBM patients was [0.70 ± 0.23 (0.23–1.29], significantly higher than the non-TBM infectious meningitis group [0.32 ± 0.14 (0.12–0.78, P P P Conclusion The presence of 65 kD hsp antigen in the CSF of confirmed and suspected cases of TBM would indicate that the selected protein is specific to M. tuberculosis and could be considered as a diagnostic marker for TBM.

  20. Colchicine: a simple and effective treatment for pericarditis in systemic lupus erythematosus? A report of 10 cases.

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    Morel, N; Bonjour, M; Le Guern, V; Le Jeunne, C; Mouthon, L; Piette, J-C; Costedoat-Chalumeau, N

    2015-12-01

    Pericardial involvement is a frequent manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Growing evidence suggests that colchicine may be useful for acute or recurrent pericarditis. We report for the first time a series of 10 consecutive cases of SLE with pericarditis treated with colchicine. Inclusion criteria in this retrospective study were diagnosis of SLE, pericarditis and receiving colchicine. We included 10 consecutive cases of SLE with pericarditis treated with colchicine (nine women, mean age at the index pericarditis 35 ± 12 years). Pericarditis was the initial manifestation of SLE for two patients, whereas eight patients had SLE lasting for a median of 2.5 years (15 days to 13 years) and had received prednisone (n = 7, 2-30 mg/d), hydroxychloroquine (n = 7), azathioprine (n = 3), methotrexate (n = 2), and mycophenolate mofetil (n = 1). For six patients, pericarditis was associated with other SLE manifestations. Altogether, colchicine avoided the use (n = 2) or increase in dosage (n = 5) of steroids in seven cases; the increase in steroids dosage was minimal for two patients. Colchicine 1 mg was given for a median of 39 days (10 days to 54 months). Symptoms completely resolved after a median of 2.5 days (1-30 days) after initiation of colchicine. Colchicine was maintained or resumed in six patients to prevent recurrence, with no further relapse. Colchicine may be safe and effective in treating SLE pericarditis and used as a steroids-sparing agent. These preliminary results need to be confirmed in a larger study with longer follow-up. © The Author(s) 2015.

  1. EFFICACY OF FINE-NEEDLE ASPIRATION TECHNIQUE, ZIEHL-NEELSEN STAINS AND CULTURE (BACTEC IN DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOUS LYMPHADENITIS IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL, GAYA, INDIA

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    Maheshwar Narayan Singh

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Tuberculous lymphadenitis is the commonest form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis and tissue diagnosis is the mainstay in the diagnosis of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. This study was conducted to compare cytology, ZN staining, fine-needle aspiration technique and culture findings of clinically suspected tuberculous lymphadenitis cases. MATERIALS AND METHODS This is a descriptive study. Total 300 patients of lymphadenopathy referred to the Department of Microbiology, Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College, Gaya, Bihar and Associated Hospital of Bihar between May 2014 and May 2017, were included. Using solid culture (BACTEC as the gold standard, we assessed the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV and negative predictive value of the FNAC for detecting MTB and ZN staining for acid-fast bacilli (AFB respectively. RESULTS A total of 300 fine-needle aspirated specimens from lymph nodes were included in the study. Out of 300 cases, 140 aspirates were reported as cytomorphology suggestive of tuberculous lymphadenitis. The age ranged from 1 to 70 years, with the mean age of 35.5 years. Female preponderance was noted accounting for 57.14% (80/140 of cases. Maximum number of patients were from age group of 10–29 years comprising 42.15% of the group (59/140. Out of 300 cases, 68(48.57% had lymphadenitis other than tuberculosis, and 16 (11.43% had malignant lymphadenopathy, including 04 (02.84% cases of primary malignancy (i.e., lymphoma and 13 (09.28% of secondary metastasis to lymph nodes. Though cytology suggestive of tuberculous lymphadenitis was found in 140 (46.67% cases out of total 300 cases,Ziehl-Neelsen stain demonstrated acid-fast bacilli (AFB in 60 (20.00% cases and BACTEC isolated mycobacteria in 80 (26.67% cases. When culture (BACTEC is taken as the gold standard, the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV and negative predictive value (NPV of the FNAC in the diagnosis of TB lymphadenitis results

  2. Syringomyelia following tuberculous meningitis. Report of three cases diagnosed by MR imaging

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    Tsuchiya, Kazuhiro; Takeshita, Koji; Makita, Kozo; Furui, Shigeru; Takenaka, Eiichi

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    We present three cases with syringomyelia after tuberculous meningitis. The MR findings suggested the syrinx was formed by blockage of the CSF flow at the outlets of the fourth ventricle. We consider this complication is not a rare condition following tuberculous meningitis.

  3. Adalimumab treatment may replace or enhance the activity of steroids in steroid-refractory tuberculous meningitis.

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    Lee, Ho-Su; Lee, Yumi; Lee, Sang-Oh; Choi, Sang-Ho; Kim, Yang Soo; Woo, Jun Hee; Kim, Sung-Han

    2012-08-01

    We describe a paradoxical response involving the central nervous system in a patient with steroid-refractory tuberculous meningitis that was unresponsive to systemic corticosteroids but was improved with adalimumab. The immunomodulatory effect of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors may have a role in replacing or enhancing the activity of steroids in the management of steroid-refractory tuberculous meningitis.

  4. Evaluation of usefulness of pleural fluid adenosine deaminase in diagnosing tuberculous pleural effusion from empyema

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    Vijetha Shenoy

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the utility of adenosine deaminase activity in the pleural fluid for the diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusion from empyema of non-tubercular origin. Method: A retrospective analysis of data was performed on patients who were diagnosed to have tuberculous pleural effusion and empyema of non tubercular origin. Among 46 patients at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India, from November 201 2 to February 2013 who underwent pleural fluid adenosine deaminase estimation, 25 patients with tuberculous pleural effusion and 21 patients with empyema were diagnosed respectively. Adenosine deaminase in pleural fluid is estimated using colorimetric, Galanti and Guisti method. Results: Pleural fluid Adenosine Deaminase levels among tuberculous pleural effusion(109.38依 53.83 , empyema (141.20依71.69 with P=0.27. Conclusion: Pleural fluid adenosine deaminase alone cannot be used as a marker for the diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusion.

  5. Toxoplasma pericarditis mimicking systemic lupus erythematosus. Diagnostic and treatment difficulties in one patient

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    Lyngberg, K K; Vennervald, B J; Bygbjerg, I C

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    A life-threatening T. gondii pericarditis developed in a patient with symptoms corresponding to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with high concentrations of antinuclear antibodies and lymphadenopathy. The diagnosis would have been SLE-associated serositis, had not pericardial fluid been...... with pyrimethamine-sulphadiazine was needed. Interestingly, the patient's SLE symptoms, including high ANA antibodies, declined to an unexpected remission after treatment for toxoplasmosis. This may not be mere coincidence, but may point to a causative role of toxoplasmosis in some cases of SLE....... inoculated into mice, because pericarditis is frequently seen in SLE and false positive toxoplasma seroreactions may occur in ANA positive patients. High IgG T. gondii antibodies without increased IgM antibodies indicated reactivation rather than primary infection. Prolonged high-dose treatment...

  6. Severe diabetic ketoacidosis and acute pericarditis precipitated by concomitant Graves′ thyrotoxicosis in type 1 diabetic patient

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    Muneera A Alshareef

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    Full Text Available 20-year-old male known case of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM presented to emergency department with vomiting and abdominal pain, and was diagnosed to have diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA. There was no obvious precipitating cause for DKA. Patient was started on DKA protocol and initially responded well to treatment. Later on, patient developed severe metabolic acidosis and chest pain. The cardiac evaluation established the diagnosis of acute pericarditis and ruled out acute coronary syndrome. The cause for his stormy coarse of DKA, and persistent tachycardia were further evaluated, and he was diagnosed to have concomitant thyrotoxicosis (graves′ disease complicating the DKA. He was successfully treated with aggressive management of DKA and started on thyrotoxicosis treatment. Autoimmune diseases are known to manifest in cluster but concomitant thyrotoxicosis precipitating DKA and causing acute pericarditis is rare. Prompt recognition of thyrotoxicosis in patients with persistent tachycardia, and treatment of thyrotoxicosis will improve outcome in DKA patients.

  7. Pericarditis with anaemia as a herald syndrome in a fatal presentation of cardiac lymphoma.

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    Sinha, Aish; Davies, Timothy; Saif, Ahmad; Apps, Andrew

    2016-02-19

    Primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is rare, accounting for 2% of all primary cardiac malignancies. Diagnosis is sometimes slow due to the non-specific nature of symptoms, causing a delay to treatment with potentially curative anthracycline chemotherapy. We report an unusual presentation of primary cardiac lymphoma in an immunocompetent man presenting with subacute isolated right-sided heart failure with pericarditis on a background of chronic anaemia and constitutional upset. Echocardiography demonstrated a pericardial mass invading the right atrium and compressing the tricuspid annulus. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma was diagnosed after biopsy. This case highlights the importance of early imaging and hospitalisation in pericarditis with high-risk features such as high inflammatory markers, myocardial involvement (with troponin elevation), fever, immunosuppression or evidence of heart failure. The differential and diagnostic pathway of an intracardiac mass, and the treatment and prognosis of PCL, are discussed. 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  8. Intravenous human immunoglobulins for refractory recurrent pericarditis: a systematic review of all published cases.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Lazaros, George; Picardi, Elisa; Vasileiou, Panagiotis; Carraro, Mara; Tousoulis, Dimitrios; Belli, Riccardo; Gaita, Fiorenzo

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    Refractory recurrent pericarditis is a major clinical challenge after colchicine failure, especially in corticosteroid-dependent patients. Human intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIGs) have been proposed as possible therapeutic options for these cases. The goal of this systematic review is to assess the efficacy and safety of IVIGs in this context. Studies reporting the use of IVIG for the treatment of recurrent pericarditis and published up to October 2014 were searched in several databases. All references found, upon initial assessment at title and abstract level for suitability, were consequently retrieved as full reports for further appraisal. Among the 18 citations retrieved, 17 reports (4 case series and 13 single case reports, with an overall population of 30 patients) were included. The mean disease duration was 14 months and the mean number of recurrences before IVIG was 3. Approximately 47% of patients had idiopathic recurrent pericarditis, 10% had an infective cause, and the remainder a systemic inflammatory disease. Nineteen out of the 30 patients (63.3%) were on corticosteroids at IVIG commencement. IVIGs were generally administered at a dose of 400-500 mg/kg/day for 5 consecutive days with repeated cycles according to the clinical response. Complications were uncommon (headache in ~3%) and not life-threatening. After a mean follow-up of approximately 33th months, recurrences occurred in 26.6% of cases after the first IVIG cycle, and 22 of the 30 patients (73.3%) were recurrence-free. Five patients (16.6%) were on corticosteroids at the end of the follow-up. IVIGs are rapidly acting, well tolerated, and efficacious steroid-sparing agents in refractory pericarditis.

  9. Ludwig angina, empyema, pulmonary infiltration, and pericarditis secondary to extraction of a tooth.

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    Strauss, H R; Tilghman, D M; Hankins, J

    1980-03-01

    A case of Ludwig angina after extraction of a mandibular third molar, progressing to pleural effusion and empyema, pericarditis, pulmonary infiltration, and pericardial effusion has been presented. The importance of early diagnosis and treatment as well as appropriate antibiotic and surgical therapy have been discussed. The practice of empirically prescribed antimicrobial agents has also been discussed, and the relevance of the organism E corrodans in oral infections has been emphasized.

  10. Cardiac biomarkers and ultrasonography as tools in prediction and diagnosis of traumatic pericarditis in Egyptian buffaloes

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    Aim: This study was designed to evaluate the cardiac biomarkers and ultrasonography in prediction and early diagnosis of traumatic pericarditis (TP) in Egyptian buffaloes. Materials and Methods: A total number of 47 buffaloes were included in the study and divided into two groups: Healthy (n=10) and diseased groups (n=37). Diseased buffaloes were admitted to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Zagazig University, Egypt, with a history of anorexia, sudden, and severe reduction of milk producti...

  11. A descriptive analysis of patients with an emergency department diagnosis of acute pericarditis.

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    Hooper, Andrew J; Celenza, Antonio

    2013-12-01

    To describe clinical characteristics, assessment and treatment of patients diagnosed in an emergency department (ED) with acute pericarditis. A medical record review of patients with an ED diagnosis of pericarditis conducted in an adult tertiary hospital over a 5-year period. Variables collected included pain characteristics, associated symptoms, physical examination findings, investigation results, ED treatment and disposition. 179 presentations were included, with 73.9% men and a mean age of 38.8 years. The majority of patients described pleuritic chest pain worse with inspiration with half characterising the pain as sharp or stabbing, with others describing tightness, dullness or cramping. Radiation to the left shoulder occurred in 2.8% and change of pain with posture occurred in 46.4%. A pericardial rub was documented in 19 presentations. All patients had an ECG recorded with ST segment elevation present in 69.3% and PR segment depression in 49.2%. Nearly 90% of patients had troponin testing but only 6.4% of these were positive. Only 8.1% of cases were treated with colchicine. No patients required pericardiocentesis. Patients with high-risk factors were more likely to have previous pericarditis, dyspnoea, nausea, abnormal investigation results, treatment with colchicine and admission to hospital. However, 16.9% of patients without risk factors were admitted, and 46.9% of patients with at least one risk factor were discharged. Pericarditis may not follow the classical clinical description. Admission and discharge decisions appear to relate to individual clinical characteristics rather than known risk factors. Use of colchicine for treatment in ED is infrequent.

  12. Mantle cell lymphoma involvement of the pleura and tuberculous pleurisy with pulmonary tuberculosis: a case report and literature review.

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    Anai, Satoshi; Hashisako, Mikiko; Ikegame, Satoshi; Wakamatsu, Kentarou; Nagata, Nobuhiko; Nakanishi, Yoichi; Kajiki, Akira

    2012-04-01

    A 78-year-old Japanese woman was admitted to our hospital for fever, dry cough, and right pleural effusion. She was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) at 73 years of age and was treated with carcinostatics, but MCL was refractory. Chest computed tomography (CT) on admission revealed a localized trabecular shadow in the middle lobe of the right lung and right pleural effusion with thickened visceral pleura. Right pleural effusion was exudative, lymphocytes were dominant, and adenosine deaminase isoenzymes were elevated. (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/CT revealed positive findings in the right thickened visceral pleura and right middle lobe. We suspected tuberculosis, but bronchoscopy revealed that the washing fluid was negative for Ziehl-Neelsen staining. Thoracoscopy under local anesthesia revealed redness on the parietal and visceral pleura and fibrin network. Pathological findings from pleural biopsy included granulomas, Langhans-type giant cells, and diffuse invasion of lymphocytes with atypical nuclei. Immunophenotypes were CD5(+), CD10(-), CD19(+), CD20(+), λ(+), CD25(+) by flow cytometry and CD20(+), CD45RO(-), cyclin D1(+), bcl2(+), bcl6(-) by immunohistochemistry. We diagnosed MCL involvement of the pleura, and highly suspected tuberculous pleurisy. The patient received antituberculosis therapy with rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol. After 4 weeks, culture of bronchoscopy washing fluid was positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis. Patients with malignant lymphoma are vulnerable to tuberculosis. In addition to diagnosing MCL involvement of the pleura, it is important to consider the possibility of complication with tuberculosis.

  13. Pericarditis caused by Campylobacter fetus subspecies fetus associated with ingestion of raw beef liver.

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    Kiyasu, Yoshihiko; Akiyama, Daiki; Kurihara, Yoko; Koganemaru, Hiroshi; Hitomi, Shigemi

    2017-12-01

    Campylobacter fetus is an organism residing primarily in the gastrointestinal tracts of cattle and sheep and transmitting to humans through ingestion of contaminated food products or surface water. The organism has caused various extraintestinal infections but, to date, purulent pericarditis due to the organism has rarely been described. We report a case of purulent pericarditis due to C. fetus subsp. fetus, occurring in a patient having several predisposing conditions, including receiving hemodialysis therapy, recent surgery for cecal cancer, and administration of esomeprazole. The patient mentioned having eaten homemade raw beef liver two weeks before the onset, suggesting that the ingested food product was contaminated with C. fetus and the organism transmitted to the pericardium through the bloodstream although blood culture was negative. The causative organism, recovered from the pericardial effusion, was unidentifiable with commercial systems but determinable with molecular methods at the subspecies level. The patient fully improved with pericardiocentesis and subsequent administration of ciprofloxacin, to which the organism was considered susceptible, for a total of four weeks. This is the first case of C. fetus pericarditis in which a history of ingesting a raw food product was clearly mentioned. Copyright © 2017 Japanese Society of Chemotherapy and The Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Cardiac tamponade secondary to purulent pericarditis diagnosed with the aid of emergency department ultrasound.

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    Gabler, Mackenzie

    2017-08-01

    Purulent pericarditis is a rare but devastating disease process and even when treated, carries a poor prognosis. Cardiac tamponade is the most severe complication of purulent pericarditis and without acute surgical intervention, is often fatal. Diagnosis requires pericardiocentesis; however, early consideration of the disease and its complications in the emergency department (ED) can be life-saving. Here, we present a case of an intravenous drug user who presented with altered mental status and a rectal temperature of 105.4°. While in the ED, the patient acutely decompensated. The ED physician performed bedside cardiac ultrasound that a showed pericardial effusion and right ventricle diastolic collapse concerning for cardiac tamponade. The patient underwent urgent pericardiocentesis which revealed 300 ml of purulent fluid. Both blood and pericardial cultures grew methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Despite a complicated hospital course, with appropriate antibiotic coverage and surgical intervention, the patient was discharged in good neurologic condition. This rare case of purulent pericarditis underscores the utility of bedside ultrasound in the ED and the complicated nature of altered mental status in intravenous drug users. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  15. Pericarditis and myocardial infarctions after Hodgkin's disease therapy

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    Cosset, J.M.; Henry-Amar, M.; Pellae-Cosset, B.; Carde, P.; Girinski, T.; Tubiana, M.; Hayat, M. (Department of Radiation Oncology, Institut Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif (France))

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    From 1971 to 1984, 499 patients with all stages of Hodgkin's disease received mediastinal irradiation at the Institut Gustave-Roussy by 25 MV photons from a linear accelerator. Thirty-five pericarditis (10-year cumulative incidence rate of 9.5%) and 13 myocardial infarctions (MI) (10-year cumulative incidence rate of 3.9%) were observed. In contrast, no cases were diagnosed in a parallel series of 138 Hodgkin's disease patients treated without mediastinal irradiation during the same period of time (p less than 0.005 for pericarditis, p less than 0.05 for MI). By multivariate analysis, the role of total radiation dose given to the mediastinum and that of fraction size were evaluated, adjusting for age, sex, mediastinal involvement, and type of chemotherapy. The pericarditis risk was significantly increased with total dose greater than or equal to 41 Gy (relative risk (RR) = 3.25, p = 0.006) and with dose per fraction greater than or equal to 3.0 Gy (RR = 2.0, p = 0.06). The myocardial infarction risk was not found to be related to total dose nor to fraction size in this series, possibly because of the small number of events.

  16. Tuberculous meningitis in Denmark: a review of 50 cases

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    Andersen Peter H

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tuberculous meningitis is the most severe manifestation of extrapulmonary tuberculosis with a high mortality rate and a high rate of sequelae among survivors. The aim of this study is to assess the current epidemiology, clinical features, diagnostic procedures, treatment and outcome in patients with tuberculous meningitis in Denmark, a country with a low tuberculosis incidence. Methods A nationwide retrospective study was conducted, comprising all patients notified with tuberculous meningitis (TBM in Denmark from 2000-2008. Medical records were reviewed using a standardised protocol. Results Fifty patients, including 12 paediatric patients, were identified. 78% of the patients were immigrants from countries of high tuberculosis endemicity. 64% of all patients had a pre-existing immunosuppressive condition; 10% were HIV positive, 48% were HIV seronegative and 42% had an unknown HIV status. Median symptom duration before admission was 14 days in the Danish patient population and 20 days in the immigrant group. Biochemical analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF samples revealed pleocytosis in 90% with lymphocyte predominance in 66%. Protein levels were elevated in 86%. The most common findings on neuro-radiological imaging were basal meningeal enhancement, tuberculomas and hydrocephalus. Lumbar puncture was performed on 42 patients; 31 of these specimens (74% had a positive CSF culture for mycobacteria and 9.5% were smear positive for acid-fast bacilli. The overall mortality rate was 19% and 48% of the remaining patients had neurological sequelae of varying degree. Conclusion TBM is a rare but severe manifestation of extrapulmonary TB in Denmark. The clinician must be prepared to treat empirically if the suspicion of TBM has arisen to improve treatment outcome.

  17. Enigma unraveled: Role of ultrasonography in tuberculous lymphadenopathy

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    M L Asha

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Lymphadenopathy is the most common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis; cervical region being the frequent affected site. Ultrasound is a useful noninvasive imaging modality in the assessment of cervical lymph nodes. The morphology of lymph nodes is evaluated by grey-scale sonography and the power Doppler sonography helps in the assessment the vasculature of lymph nodes. Tuberculous lymphadenitis exhibits distinctive features like presence of adjacent soft tissue edema and matting of nodes. This article highlights the use of ultrasonographic as a diagnostic approach, by comparing and differentiating the features of tubercular lymph nodes in a 10-year-old female patient.

  18. Asymptomatic spinal arachnoiditis in patients with tuberculous meningitis

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    Srivastava, T. [Department of Neurology, CN Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (India); Department of Medicine, S.P. Medical College, Bikaner, Rajasthan (India); Kochar, D.K. [Department of Medicine, S.P. Medical College, Bikaner, Rajasthan (India)

    2003-10-01

    Spinal arachnoiditis is one of the common and disabling complication of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). We focused on early diagnosis of spinal arachnoiditis by spinal MRI in asymptomatic patients in whom neurological examination was normal. We studied 16 patients with a diagnosis of probable or highly probable TBM with symptoms for less than 1 month; three had radiological evidence of spinal arachnoiditis. High cerebrospinal fluid protein appeared to be a risk factor for development of spinal arachnoiditis. MRI is sensitive to detect early spinal arachnoiditis. Earlier diagnosis may be helpful in management of spinal arachnoiditis in TBM. (orig.)

  19. Asymptomatic spinal arachnoiditis in patients with tuberculous meningitis.

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    Srivastava, T; Kochar, D K

    2003-10-01

    Spinal arachnoiditis is one of the common and disabling complication of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). We focused on early diagnosis of spinal arachnoiditis by spinal MRI in asymptomatic patients in whom neurological examination was normal. We studied 16 patients with a diagnosis of probable or highly probable TBM with symptoms for less than 1 month; three had radiological evidence of spinal arachnoiditis. High cerebrospinal fluid protein appeared to be a risk factor for development of spinal arachnoiditis. MRI is sensitive to detect early spinal arachnoiditis. Earlier diagnosis may be helpful in management of spinal arachnoiditis in TBM.

  20. Tuberculous sacro-ileitis: two cases and radiological findings.

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    Sirmatel, Ocal; Yazgan, Pelin; Gursoy, Bensu; Sirmatel, Fatma; Zeyrek, Fadile Yildiz; Ozturk, Adil

    2007-06-01

    Infective sacro-ileitis is due to common bacteria, 25% being tuberculosis and 10% brucellosis. Slow progression characterizes joint tuberculosis, an uncommon variant of this disease. The onset is usually insidious, and early diagnosis requires a high index of clinical suspicion. We report two cases with tuberculous sacro-ileitis which initially mimicked brucellosis infiltration. Diagnosis of tuberculosis of the sacroiliac joint was established by fine-needle aspiration of joint and radiological imaging methods such as computerized tomography, magnetic resonance and three-phase bone scan. The current diagnosis and treatment of this condition is discussed based on these cases and a literature review.

  1. Pericarditis lúpica en el Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia: experiencia de 10 años (1985-1995

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    Máximo Jorge Rossell Salinas

    1998-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la frecuencia de presentación de la Pericarditis Lúpica (PL en el paciente con Lupus Eritematoso Sistémico (LES, en relación a las pericarditis en general y determinar las caracteristicas clínicas, electrocardiográficas, radiográficas y ecocardiográficas de la PL, y su tratamiento. Material y métodos: Se realizó un estudio descriptivo en el que se evaluaron retrospectivamente 16 pacientes portadores de LES y pericarditis, atendidos en el Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia (HNCH, entre 1985 y 1995. Resultados: Se encontraron 15 pacientes mujeres y 1 varón; los síntomas y signos más frecuentes fueron: disnea de esfuerzo, fatiga, dolor precordial y edemas. El electrocardiograma mostró signos de pericarditis en 11 pacientes, en todos los casos la radiografía de tórax mostró cardiomegalia y en 15 pacientes la ecocardiografía confirmó el derrame pericárdico. Los exámenes auxiliares descartaron la presencia de pericarditis de otras etiologías . Conclusiones: La PL es un hallazgo frecuente en el paciente con LES (8.9% y es una causa frecuente de pericarditis (19.1% de todas las pericarditis. Esta se observa principalmente en pacientes con LES activo y severo. Los síntomas, signos, electrocardiograma y radiología del paciente con PL son en su mayoría inespecíficos, constituyendo la ecocardiografía el método de mayor utilidad diagnóstica. El tratamiento fue básicamente esteroideo; la pericardiocentesis se realizó en un solo caso. (Rev Med Hered 1998; 9:109-118 .

  2. The NRAMP1 polymorphism as a risk factor for tuberculous spondylitis

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    Bambang Tiksnadi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, we analysed the association between the incidence of tuberculous spondylitis with the Natural Resistance Associated Macrophage Protein 1 (NRAMP1, also known as Solute Carrier Family 11a member1 polymorphism by studying the genetic segregation of this polymorphism and the incidence of the disease among members of the West Javanese population undergoing surgery for tuberculous spondylitis at our institution. We compared the distribution of NRAMP1 polymorphism at two specific sites, namely D543N, and 3’UTR, among subjects with pulmonary tuberculosis and tuberculous spondylitis. We found no significant differences in distribution of polymorphism between the two groups, or between pulmonary tuberculosis and tuberculous spondylitis compared to healthy subjects. However, a pattern emerged in that polymorphisms at the two sites seemed to be protective against development of tuberculous spondylitis in our study population. We concluded that in the West Javanese population, there is no association between NRAMP1 polymorphism with the propensity for development of pulmonary tuberculosis or tuberculous spondylitis. In fact, NRAMP1 may provide protection against the development of tuberculous spondylitis.

  3. Annual risk of tuberculous infection among schoolchildren in Bhutan.

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    Wangchuk, L Z; Chadha, V K

    2013-04-01

    School-based survey in the mountainous nation of Bhutan. To estimate the annual risk of tuberculous infection (ARTI) among children aged 6-8 years. A national-level tuberculin survey was carried out among children attending 64 schools selected by two-stage cluster sampling. The study population was comprised of children without and with bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) scar. Tuberculin testing was performed using 2 tuberculin units of purified protein derivative RT23. The maximum transverse diameter of induration was measured at 48-72 h. Of 6087 satisfactorily test-read children, 82% had a BCG scar. The frequency distribution of tuberculin reaction sizes in all children (with and without BCG scar) did not reveal the mode for tuberculous reactions. The mode seen at 17 mm among children without BCG scar was applied to estimate the prevalence of infection among all children using the mirror-image method. Estimation was also undertaken by shifting the mode by 1 mm on either side. The ARTI computed from the prevalence thus estimated varied between 0.2% and 0.7%. There was no difference in the prevalence of infection by BCG scar status, implying that the estimated ARTI was not influenced by BCG-induced tuberculin sensitivity. The ARTI has declined in Bhutan compared to the 1991 survey estimate of 1.9%.

  4. Characteristics of Patients with Tuberculous Pleural Effusion in Rural Nepal

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    M S Paudel

    2013-06-01

    admitted with pleural effusion were included in the study. Hundred cases diagnosed with pleural effusion by clinical Examination or chest X-ray or ultrasonography’s (USG of the chest were included in the studied. The following parameters patients demographic profile, causes of pleural effusion, location (unilateral/bilateral, hemoglobin and complete blood count, sputum stain and culture sensitivity, Monteux test, chest X-ray and USG findings and Pleural fluid analysis (biochemical, hematological, microbiological and cytological were analyzed by using SPSS 21.   Results: Out of 100 cases, the cause of pleural effusion in 59 patients was tuberculosis, 14 by malignancy, next 14 by Para pneumonic Effusion, 12 by congestive cardiac failure and three cases by alcoholic liver disease. Patients with tuberculous pleural effusion were younger, predominantly males, had unilateral effusion, lower blood hemoglobin, lower Pleural fluid neutrophils, higher pleural fluid Adenosine Deaminase (ADA levels and higher level of pleural fluid to serum protein ratio as compared to the patients with non-tuberculous effusion.   Conclusion: Tuberculosis is the most common cause of pleural effusion in patients of rural Nepal.

  5. Coincidental diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis: a case report.

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    Garg, A K; Chaudhary, A; Tewari, R K; Bariar, L M; Agrawal, N

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this case report was to present a case of multiple calcified tuberculous lymph nodes found on a panoramic radiograph coincidently diagnosed in an endodontic clinic. A detailed discussion on the differential diagnosis of similar such calcification found in the same region is also presented. A 14-year-old girl was referred to our department with the complaint of painless swelling in the left side of the lower jaw. Clinical and radiographical examinations were performed, leading to the initial diagnosis of chronic periapical abscess. The patient's medical history was re-evaluated. Advanced imaging and excisional biopsy were performed in order to confirm the final diagnosis. Regarding the presenting signs and symptoms of bilateral carious mandibular molars, a periapical inflammatory process was considered in the provisional diagnosis. A thorough examination and investigations were suggestive of cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis (scrofula), and the patient underwent excision of the same. The clinician should consider the possibility of chronic granulomatous inflammatory lesions in the differential diagnosis of radiopaque lesions. © 2014 Australian Dental Association.

  6. Some modern aspects of the pathogenesis of tuberculous infection in children

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    N. S. Kolisnyk

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The article covers the modern pathogenetic mechanisms of development of tuberculous infection in children. An attempt to generalize present literary data about the features of cytikine status, role and maintenance of nitric oxide in different course of tuberculous infection was done, attention was paid to vegetative disorders and metabolic violations in tuberculosis. Further study of mechanisms of pathogenesis of tuberculosis is of interest with the purpose of including pathogenetic drugs into the treatment regimen for correction immune, metabolic, vegetative dysfunctions. tuberculous infection; children;immune responsiveness; cytokines, nitric oxide, vegetative nervous system

  7. Tuberculous Dactylitis in a 20 Year Old – A Rare Case Report

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    Shefali Goyal

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and manifested by formation of tubercles and caseous necrosis in tissues. Tuberculous spondylitis is the most typical form of disease in the musculoskeletal system. Tubercular dactylitis is the tuberculous infection of metacarpal, metatarsal and phalanges and is uncommon. Tuberculous granuloma results in spindle shaped expansion of the short tubular bones, so it is also called as Spina Ventosa (Spina=thorn, Ventosa=full of air. We present a case of 20 year old female with an isolated swelling in the right thumb of 3 months duration.

  8. The epidemiology of tuberculous dactylitis: A case report and review of literature

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    Hana Sahli

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The literature on tuberculous dactylitis is poor, and most literature consists of isolated case reports. The aim of this case series is to study the particularities and the epidemiological aspects of tuberculous dactylitis in Tunisian patients. Google and Medline search was done using key words “tuberculous dactylitis” and “spina ventosa.” Only Tunisian reports in adult patients were included. Eleven cases including this mentioned case were included in this review. There was a female predominance, high frequency of trauma before disease installation, rarity of predisposing factors, and less inflammation in blood tests when comparing with other cases in literature.

  9. Case report: "spina ventosa" tuberculous dactylitis in a 2 year old boy - a very rare disease.

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    Bandyopadhyay, Ranadeb; Mukherjee, Arindam; Mondal, Rajib Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Tuberculous infection of metacarpals, metatarsals and phalanges is known as tuberculous dactylitis. There is a spindle shaped expansion of the short tubular bones due to tuberculous granuloma. Hence it is also known as spina ventosa. In our case, a two year old boy with a swelling in the metacarpal was provisionally diagnosed as enchondromata while the possibility of spina ventosa was kept in mind. He was posted for excision of the metacarpal followed by bone grafting. Histopathological examination report confirmed it as spina ventosa.

  10. A case report of combined radical pericardiectomy and beating heart coronary artery bypass grafting in a patient with tubercular chronic constrictive pericarditis with coronary artery disease

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    Gauranga Majumdar

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    Full Text Available We here report a successful midterm outcome following combined off-pump radical pericardiectomy and coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG in a 65-year-old male patient who was suffering from chronic constrictive calcified tubercular pericarditis with coronary artery disease. Simultaneous off-pump CABG and radical pericardiectomy for nonsurgical constrictive pericarditis is reported very rarely in English literature.

  11. [Investigation of the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the lymph node aspirates of the suspected tularemia lymphadenitis cases].

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    Albayrak, Nurhan; Celebi, Bekir; Kavas, Semra; Simşek, Hülya; Kılıç, Selçuk; Sezen, Figen; Arslantürk, Ahmet

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    Recently reports of cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis and oropharyngeal tularemia which are the most common infectious causes of granulomatous lymphadenitis, have been significantly increased in Turkey. The differentiation of cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis and oropharyngeal tularemia is usually confusing on the basis of clinical and histopathological findings. Thus, in tularemia endemic areas, the patients are more commonly evaluated in terms of tularemia lymphadenitis leaving tuberculosis out. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in cervical lymph node aspirates, obtained from tularemia suspected cases. A total of 105 oropharyngeal tularemia-suspected cases which were found negative for Francisella tularensis by bacteriological (culture), molecular (PCR) and serological (microagglutination) methods, were included in the study. The samples had been previously studied at National Tularemia Reference Laboratory, Turkish Public Health Institution, between 2009-2011. The study samples were evaluated in terms of M.tuberculosis by culture and real-time PCR (rtPCR) methods in the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory. Both Lowenstein-Jensen (LJ) medium and liquid-based MGIT (BD, USA) automated culture system were used for mycobacterial culture. Samples that yielded mycobacterial growth were identified as M.tuberculosis by immunochromotographic test (BD, USA). The lymph node aspirates of 65 patients who were F.tularensis PCR negative but antibody positive, were used as the control group. As a result, M.tuberculosis was found to be positive in 9 (8.6%) of 105 tularemia-negative lymph node aspirates, sent to our laboratory from different geographic regions for the investigation of tularemia. Six of the M.tuberculosis positive cases were male and the age range of the patients was 26-85 years. The presence of M.tuberculosis was detected only by culture in two samples, only by rtPCR in five samples and both by culture and

  12. Tuberculous Lymphadenitis in Northern Ethiopia: In a Public Health and Microbiological Perspectives

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    Biadglegne, Fantahun; Tesfaye, Weghata; Sack, Ulrich; Rodloff, Arne C.

    2013-01-01

    Background The actual burden and causative agent of tuberculous lymphadenitis (TBLN) cases is not well known due to lack of strong surveillance system and diagnostic facilities in Ethiopia. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of TBLN, its causative agent and risk factors for acquiring this infection. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted from April to May 2012 at four main hospitals and one diagnostic clinic located in northern Ethiopia. Fine needle aspirates (FNAs) from TBLN suspects were taken for acid fast bacilli (AFB) microscopy, culture and molecular typing. Results Among 437 aspirates, culture yielded AFB in 226 (51.7%) of cases. Sixty one culture negative cases (30.5% of 200 cases) were positive by Xpert MTB/RIF test. Moreover, a rifampicin resistant AFB was detected from culture negative cases. The overall prevalence of FNAs positive TBLN cases was 65.8 %. The BacT/AlerT 3D system proved to be a more rapid method with higher recovery rate than Lowenstein-Jensen (L-J) and/or Gottsacker media (P.0001). Molecular typing identified all culture positive isolates as M.tuberculosis. The main risk factors for TBLN were pediatric age (OR 2.8, 95% CI, 1.09- 7.05) and cough (OR 2, 95%CI, 1.09-3.7). Conclusions The results of this study revealed a high prevalence of TBLN in the study sites and that pediatric age and cough are key predictors of the disease. TBLN is an important public health problem that needs to be addressed in the area. It is important to note that MDR strains of TB could be involved and aetiological confirmation and drug sensitivity testing of TBLN isolates should be expanded. Further studies on the M.tuberculosis lineages, circulating strains and transmission dynamics, are recommended. PMID:24349151

  13. Are we overlooking infections owing to non-tuberculous mycobacteria during routine conventional laboratory investigations?

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    Kushal Garima

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    Full Text Available A large number of potentially pathogenic non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM encountered in the clinical laboratory makes it necessary to identify their species to ensure appropriate treatment. However, labor-intensive conventional methods of speciation are not used in every laboratory, and hence NTM infections are often ignored. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR restriction analysis (PRA was applied in this study for early identification and speciation of mycobacterial species on 306 cultures of acid-fast bacilli isolated from patients suspected of suffering from tuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was identified in 85.6% of the isolates. The NTM isolated most commonly was Mycobacterium kansasii/gastri group (3.5%, followed by Mycobacterium fortuitum (3.2%. Four of the M. fortuitum were grown from cultures obtained on the same day, but from samples from different patients and were probably laboratory contaminants. Mycobacterium intracellulare and Mycobacterium avium were identified in 2.94% and 2.28% of the isolates, respectively. Three isolates of M. avium and two isolates of M. intracellulare were obtained in repeated cultures from sputum samples of the same patients and were thus pathogenic. A single isolate of Mycobacterium abscessus was obtained from a breast abscess. A rare pathogen Mycobacterium phocaicum was isolated from one patient with epididymitis. However, whether it was the causative agent of epididymitis in this patient remains doubtful. The results of this study highlight the importance of speciation of mycobacteria for appropriate diagnosis and the importance of including molecular assays to augment conventional methods of diagnosis of mycobacterial diseases for rapid identification of NTM so that these potential pathogens are not overlooked in routine diagnostic procedures.

  14. Tuberculous lymphadenitis in Northern Ethiopia: in a public health and microbiological perspectives.

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    Fantahun Biadglegne

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The actual burden and causative agent of tuberculous lymphadenitis (TBLN cases is not well known due to lack of strong surveillance system and diagnostic facilities in Ethiopia. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of TBLN, its causative agent and risk factors for acquiring this infection. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted from April to May 2012 at four main hospitals and one diagnostic clinic located in northern Ethiopia. Fine needle aspirates (FNAs from TBLN suspects were taken for acid fast bacilli (AFB microscopy, culture and molecular typing. RESULTS: Among 437 aspirates, culture yielded AFB in 226 (51.7% of cases. Sixty one culture negative cases (30.5% of 200 cases were positive by Xpert MTB/RIF test. Moreover, a rifampicin resistant AFB was detected from culture negative cases. The overall prevalence of FNAs positive TBLN cases was 65.8 %. The BacT/AlerT 3D system proved to be a more rapid method with higher recovery rate than Lowenstein-Jensen (L-J and/or Gottsacker media (P<0.0001. Molecular typing identified all culture positive isolates as M.tuberculosis. The main risk factors for TBLN were pediatric age (OR 2.8, 95% CI, 1.09- 7.05 and cough (OR 2, 95%CI, 1.09-3.7. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study revealed a high prevalence of TBLN in the study sites and that pediatric age and cough are key predictors of the disease. TBLN is an important public health problem that needs to be addressed in the area. It is important to note that MDR strains of TB could be involved and aetiological confirmation and drug sensitivity testing of TBLN isolates should be expanded. Further studies on the M.tuberculosis lineages, circulating strains and transmission dynamics, are recommended.

  15. Tuberculous and Non-Tuberculous Granulomatous Lymphadenitis in Patients Receiving ImatinibMesylate (Glivec for Metastatic Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

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    Full Text Available Background: Imatinib mesylate (IM is the standard treatment for BCR-ABL-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML and is the first-line adjuvant and palliative treatment for metastatic and inoperable gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST. IM is not known to be associated with an increased risk for development of granulomatous diseases. Methods: We describe our experience with 2 patients (42 and 62 years of age who developed granulomatous disease during IM treatment for metastatic GIST. Results: Mean duration of IM treatment was 12 (range 8-16 months. Enlarged lymph nodes with increased metabolism on FDG-PET-CT examination were detected and resected. Affected sites were supraclavicular (1 and subcarinal/mediastinal (1 lymph nodes. Histological examination revealed caseating and non-caseating granulomas suggestive of tuberculosis and sarcoidosis, respectively. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was detected by PCR in lymph nodes of 1 patient who was then successfully treated by anti-tuberculous agents. The other patient had negative sputum test for acid-fast bacilli and PCR-DNA-analysis was negative for M. tuberculosis and other mycobacteria. He received no anti-tuberculous therapy and had no evidence of progressive lymphadenopathy or new lung lesions during follow-up. Conclusion: Our observations underline the necessity to obtain biopsy material from enlarged or metabolically active lymph nodes developing during IM treatment for timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment of these rare complications. Follow-up without treatment is safe for patients without detectable microorganisms by sputum examination and PCR.

  16. Intractable radiation pericarditis and pleuritis developed 20 years after postoperative radiotherapy in a case with breast cancer

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    Tsuji, Misa; Shintani, Uichirou; Ohmoto, Yasuhiro; Isshiki, Noriyuki; Tanaka, Tsuyoshi; Kitamura, Masami; Kato, Shigetake; Misaki, Moriharu [Mie National Central Hospital, Hisai (Japan); Shouin, Hiroshi

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    We reported a 64-year-old woman with radiation-related intractable pericarditis and pleuritis which developed 20 years after radiotherapy. She underwent a left total mastectomy for a breast cancer and 50 Gy of radiotherapy postoperatively at the age of 43. She was admitted to our hospital because of facial edema and dyspnea. A chest roentgenogram on admission showed massive bilateral pleural effusion and a echocardiography revealed massive pericardial effusion. Though the symptoms of heart failure subsided after the administration of moderate diuretics and cardiotonics, the pleural effusion and pericardial effusion persisted and, she became worse and died. The histological findings at autopsy, showed chronic fibrous pericarditis with marked pericardial thickening, fibrous pleuritis and myocarditis. These findings were compatible with those of previously reported radiation-induced heart disease. We reported a case of pleuritis and pericarditis probably caused by radiation therapy. A long term observation is necessary for the radiation-related heart disease. (author)

  17. Hamsi scoring in the prediction of unfavorable outcomes from tuberculous meningitis

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    Erdem, Hakan; Ozturk-Engin, Derya; Tireli, Hulya

    2015-01-01

    Predicting unfavorable outcome is of paramount importance in clinical decision making. Accordingly, we designed this multinational study, which provided the largest case series of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). 43 centers from 14 countries (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Hungary, Iraq, ...

  18. Occurrence of Opportunistic Pathogens Legionella pneumophila and non-tuberculous mycobacteria in hospital plumbing systems

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    Occurrence of Opportunistic Pathogens Legionella pneumophila and non-tuberculous mycobacteria in hospital plumbing systems Jill Hoelle, Michael Coughlin, Elizabeth Sotkiewicz, Jingrang Lu, Stacy Pfaller, Mark Rodgers, and Hodon Ryu U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati...

  19. The Role of Colchicine in Pericarditis--A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomised Trials.

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    Raval, Jwalant; Nagaraja, Vinayak; Eslick, Guy D; Denniss, A Robert

    2015-07-01

    Colchicine has been used in diverse clinical settings. Primary idiopathic pericarditis is complicated by recurrence in 15 to 30% of cases. Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicine and steroids are the commonly prescribed medications. We synthesised the available evidence from the randomised trials to assess the efficacy and safety of colchicine in primary and recurrent pericarditis. A systematic search was conducted using MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, Current Contents Connect, Cochrane library, Google Scholar, Science Direct, and Web of Science. Original data was abstracted from each study and used to calculate an odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (95% CI). Seven randomised trials comprising 1275 patients met full criteria for analysis. Two open label randomised controlled trials and five double-blind randomised controlled trials were included. Colchicine was useful in reducing the incidence of primary pericarditis (OR: 0.38, 95% CI: 0.22- 0.65) as well as recurrent pericarditis (OR: 0.31, 95% CI: 0.22-0.44). The most common side-effects were related to the gastrointestinal system and no severe adverse events were observed. Colchicine cessation either by patient or physician was similar in both groups (OR: 1.53, 95% CI: 0.86-2.71). Colchicine is effective in preventing both primary and recurrent episodes of pericarditis. The number needed to treat for preventing recurrent pericarditis was five. Gastrointestinal side-effects were the most common adverse events. Copyright © 2015 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Tuberculous Mastoiditis Presenting with Unilateral Hearing Loss,Facial Paralysis and Neck Mass

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    R. Safi-Khani

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    Full Text Available Background: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a rare cause of mastoiditis, but diagnosis is often delayed, with potentially serious results. Case: We report a case of tuberculous mastoiditis with unilateral hearing loss, facial paralysis, and cervical lymph adenopathy on presentation. Conclusion: Tuberculous mastoiditis must be considered in all cases of chronic refractory mastoiditis especially in the presence of demonstrable complications such as facial paralysis, other cranial nerve palsies, and destruction of middle ear osscicles.

  1. An isolated tuberculous liver abscess in a non-immunocompromised patient.

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    Mendis Abeysekera, Walimuni Yohan; Dulantha de Silva, Warusha Dhammika; Ginige, Anusha Prabhamalee; Pragatheswaran, Parameswaran; Hewage, Sachintha Kaushalya; Kumara Banagala, Anura Sarath

    2013-09-01

    A liver abscess is an uncommon extra-pulmonary manifestation of a common disease that is tuberculosis. It usually follows primary infection in the lung or the gut. Tuberculous liver abscess in a non-immunocompromised patient in the absence of primary disease elsewhere is an extremely rare occurrence. We report here a case of a tuberculous liver abscess in a 30 years old female who presented a considerable diagnostic challenge.

  2. Clínica y seguimiento de la pericarditis constrictiva crónica

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    José M. Santos

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio fue describir la etiología, presentación clínica, métodos diagnósticos, tratamiento, evolución y pronóstico alejado de 35 pacientes con pericarditis constrictiva crónica que fueron evaluados prospectivamente de acuerdo a un protocolo de enfermedad pericárdica que se aplica en nuestra Institución. En 24 (68% la pericarditis constrictiva fue idiopática y 11 (32% presentaron etiología definida, realizándose pericardiectomía en 34 (97%. Hubo 4 (12% muertes intrahospitalarias, todas con etiología definida. La mediana de seguimiento fue de 5.6 años (percentilos 25-75: 2.4-7.4 años. La supervivencia de acuerdo al método de Kaplan-Meier fue de 97% al año (IC 95% 80 - 99%, 83% a los 5 años (IC 95% 65 - 93%, 78% a los 7 años (IC 95% 60 - 90%, y 69% a los 10 años (IC 95% - 50% - 84%. En conclusión, la pericarditis constrictiva crónica es una enfermedad generalmente idiopática, de diagnóstico tardío, cuyo tratamiento es la pericardiectomía. Los pacientes con etiología específica presentaron mayor mortalidad intrahospitalaria. En el seguimiento a 10 años 2/3 de los pacientes están vivos y con mejoría de los síntomas.

  3. Pericardite: série de 84 casos consecutivos Pericarditis: series of 84 consecutive cases

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    Marco Tulio Zanettini

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Identificar características clínicas, laboratoriais e ecocardiográficas diferenciais em indivíduos com diagnóstico de pericardite secundária e idiopática. MÉTODOS: De janeiro/1999 a dezembro/2001, foram identificados 84 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico e ecocardiográfico de pericardite em clínica de cardiologia. Foram estudados, retrospectivamente, quanto à idade, sexo, características antropométricas, hábitos, pressão arterial casual, causas potenciais, comorbidades, sinais e sintomas, medicação e complicações. Os indivíduos foram divididos em 2 grupos: grupo A constituído de 61 pacientes com causas potenciais conhecidas e grupo B com 23 casos considerados idiopáticos. Os grupos foram comparados, utilizando-se o teste do Qui-quadrado, considerando-se estatisticamente significativas as associações com p OBJECTIVE: To identify differential clinical, laboratory, and echocardiographic characteristics in persons with diagnosed idiopathic and secondary pericarditis. METHODS: From January 1999 to December 2001, 84 patients with clinically and echocardiographically diagnosed pericarditis were identified in a heart clinic. These patients were analyzed according to age, sex, anthropometric measurements, body habitus, casual blood pressure (BP, signs and symptoms, morbid history, medicines and complications. The individuals were divided into 2 groups: group A comprised 61 patients with known causes of pericarditis and group B comprised 23 patients with idiopathic causes. The groups were compared with chi-square test. P<0.05 was considered statistically significant. RESULTS: The population of these 2 groups was similar in age, sex, anthropometric measures, body habitus, and casual BP. In group B (idiopathic, 23 (100% cases were diagnosed between April and August versus 24 (39.4% in the same period for group A (P<0.01. Twenty-three (100% group B patients received anti-influenza vaccine versus none in group A

  4. Derrame pericárdico y pericarditis purulenta por Salmonella: un caso excepcional

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    Jorge Pulido-Arenas

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    Full Text Available Las complicaciones cardiovasculares asociadas a las infecciones por la Salmonella son raras y suceden entre el 1 a 5% de los pacientes. Las enfermedades del pericardio son extremadamente inusuales con pocos casos reportados en la literatura. Presentamos el caso de un adulto mayor con síntomas de derrame pericárdico y hallazgos de pericarditis purulenta en quien la etiología corresponde a infección por la Salmonella spp. confirmada por hallazgos clínicos, de imágenes diagnósticas, microbiológicos, quirúrgicos e histopatológicos.

  5. Visualization of right atrial thrombus associated with constrictive pericarditis by indium-111 oxine platelet imaging

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    Nishimura, T.; Misawa, T.; Park, Y.D.; Uehara, T.; Hayashida, K.; Hayashi, M.

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    A right atrial thrombus is not often seen and only a few reports of visualization have been described. We report a 44-yr-old man who had a large atrial thrombus associated with constrictive pericarditis. Two-dimensional echocardiography and computed tomography showed a large right atrial mass. Indium-111 oxine platelet deposition was demonstrated on the surface of thrombus by platelet imaging. Platelet imaging was useful for differential diagnosis from cardiac tumor, and as an indication for surgical treatment, since right atrial thrombus may have a high risk of pulmonary embolism or severe right heart failure.

  6. Purulent Pericarditis Caused by Streptococcus Milleri Strains; the Gained Experience from Nine Reported Cases

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    Ilias A. Kouerinis

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial pericarditis caused by Streptococcus Milleri Group (SMG strains is a particularly exceptional pathology. All the eight previous reported cases were under the care of medical teams and the seven existed reports in medical journals were more or less from this perspective. Herein, we reported a unique case of a pericardial-cutaneous fistula resulting from a recurrent purulent pericardial effusion caused by SMG strains, which had been treated with open surgical drainage two months before. A thorough review of the surgical treatment options and the results has also been presented.

  7. ACUTE CONSTRICTIVE PERICARDITIS FOLLOWING LUNG TRANSPLANTATION FOR LYMPHANGIOLEIOMYOMATOSIS: A CASE REPORT

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    Billings, Martha E.; Mulligan, Michael; Raghu, Ganesh

    2009-01-01

    Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare cystic progressive lung disease with many extra-pulmonary manifestations which may complicate allograft function after transplantation. We present a LAM patient, one-year status-post bilateral lung transplant, with new dyspnea and declining spirometry without rejection, infection or recurrence. Investigation revealed acute constrictive pericarditis which has not previously been reported in LAM lung transplant patients. This represents a novel complication likely due to progression of extra-pulmonary LAM that should be considered in LAM transplant patients with dyspnea. PMID:19134542

  8. Detection of herpes viruses in the cerebrospinal fluid of adults with suspected viral meningitis in Malawi.

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    Benjamin, L A; Kelly, M; Cohen, D; Neuhann, F; Galbraith, S; Mallewa, M; Hopkins, M; Hart, I J; Guiver, M; Lalloo, D G; Heyderman, R S; Solomon, T

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    We looked for herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2, respectively), varicella zoster virus (VZV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA in Malawian adults with clinically suspected meningitis. We collected cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from consecutive adults admitted with clinically suspected meningitis to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), Blantyre, Malawi, for a period of 3 months. Those with proven bacterial or fungal meningitis were excluded. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed on the CSF for HSV-1 and HSV-2, VZV, EBV and CMV DNA. A total of 183 patients presented with clinically suspected meningitis. Of these, 59 (32 %) had proven meningitis (bacterial, tuberculous or cryptococcal), 39 (21 %) had normal CSF and 14 (8 %) had aseptic meningitis. For the latter group, a herpes virus was detected in 9 (64 %): 7 (50 %) had EBV and 2 (14 %) had CMV, all were human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive. HSV-2 and VZV were not detected. Amongst those with a normal CSF, 8 (21 %) had a detectable herpes virus, of which 7 (88 %) were HIV-positive. The spectrum of causes of herpes viral meningitis in this African population is different to that in Western industrialised settings, with EBV being frequently detected in the CSF. The significance of this needs further investigation.

  9. Reversion and conversion of Mycobacterium tuberculosis IFN-γ ELISpot results during anti-tuberculous treatment in HIV-infected children

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    Wilkinson Katalin A

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recent interest has focused on the potential use of serial interferon gamma (IFN-γ release assay (IGRA measurements to assess the response to anti-tuberculous (TB treatment. The kinetics of IFN-γ responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB antigens in HIV-infected children during treatment have not however been previously investigated. Methods IFN-γ responses to the MTB antigens, ESAT-6, CFP-10 and PPD were measured by an enzyme-linked immunospot assay (IFN-γ ELISpot at presentation and at one, two and six months after starting anti-tuberculous treatment in HIV-infected children with definite or probable TB. Responses at different time points were compared using a Mann-Whitney U test with paired data analysed using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. A Fisher's exact or Chi-squared test was used to compare proportions when test results were analysed as dichotomous outcomes. Results Of 102 children with suspected TB, 22 (21% had definite TB and 24 (23% probable TB. At least one follow up IFN-γ ELISpot assay result was available for 31 (67% of the 46 children. In children with definite or probable TB in whom the IFN-γ ELISpot assay result was positive at presentation, anti-tuberculous treatment was accompanied by a significant decrease in both the magnitude of the IFN-γ response to individual or combined MTB-specific antigens (ESAT-6 median 110 SFCs/106 PBMC (IQR 65-305 at presentation vs. 15 (10-115 at six months, p = 0.04; CFP-10 177 (48-508 vs. 20 (5-165, p = 0.004, ESAT-6 or CFP-10 median 250 SFCs/106 PBMC (IQR 94-508 vs. 25 (10-165, p = 0.004 and in the proportion of children with a positive IFN-γ ELISpot assay (Fisher's exact test: ESAT-6 15/0 vs 5/11, p = 0.0002, CFP-10 22/0 vs 8/17, p = 0.0001, ESAT-6 or CFP-10 22/0 vs. 9/17, p= 0.002. However almost half of the children had a positive IFN-γ ELISpot assay after six months of anti-tuberculous treatment. In addition, there was conversion of the IFN-γ ELISpot assay

  10. Mammary tuberculosis: percutaneous treatment of a mammary tuberculous abscess

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    Romero, C.; Carreira, C.; Cereceda, C.; Pinto, J. [Servicio de Radiologia, Hospital Virgen de la Salud, Toledo (Spain); Lopez, R.; Bolanos, F. [Servicio de Cirugia, Hospital Virgen de la Salud, Toledo (Spain)

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    It is currently very rare to find mammary involvement in cases of tuberculosis, in either primary or secondary form. Diagnosis is classically clinical and microbiological, and the basic techniques used in imaging diagnosis are mammography and ultrasound. Computed tomography may define the involvement of the thoracic wall in those cases which present as mammary masses adhering to deep levels, and is also able to evaluate accompanying pulmonary disease, if it is present. Traditionally, treatment has consisted of quadrantectomy and specific antibiotic therapy. We present a case of tuberculous mammary abscess secondary to pulmonary disease, which was treated by percutaneous drainage controlled by CT and specific antibiotic therapy. We revise the diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment of mammary tuberculosis. (orig.)

  11. Rare Case of Non Tuberculous Mycobacterial: A Diagnostic dilemma

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    Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) infections occur in HIV-negative patients with or without underlying lung disease. It is generally felt that these organisms are acquired from the environment. Unlike tuberculosis, there are no convincing data demonstrating human-to-human OR animal-to-human transmission of NTM. We report a case of NTM infection in a 38 year old patient with underlying emphysematous lung disease. The case highlights the diagnostic dilemma which occurs when persistent sputum Acid- Fast Bacilli (AFB) smears are positive, but Nucleic acid amplification test is negative. To aid the diagnosis and rule out Pulmonary Tuberculosis as the other differential diagnosis, we applied American Thoracic Society\\/Infectious Disease Society of America (ATS\\/IDSA) guidelines & recommendations1. The decision to treat was taken on basis of CT findings, clinical, microbiologic criteria and expert consultation with Microbiology department at Waterford.

  12. Antituberculosis drug resistance patterns in adults with tuberculous meningitis

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    Senbayrak, Seniha; Ozkutuk, Nuri; Erdem, Hakan

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistant to antituberculosis drugs is an increasingly common clinical problem. This study aimed to evaluate drug resistance profiles of TBM isolates in adult patients in nine European countries involving 32 centers...... to provide insight into the empiric treatment of TBM. METHODS: Mycobacterium tuberculosis was cultured from the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 142 patients and was tested for susceptibility to first-line antituberculosis drugs, streptomycin (SM), isoniazid (INH), rifampicin (RIF) and ethambutol (EMB). RESULTS...... risk of death for INH-monoresistance and MDR-TBM was 1.60 (95 % CI, 0.38-6.82) and 2.14 (95 % CI, 0:34-13:42), respectively. CONCLUSION: INH-resistance and MDR rates seemed not to be worrisome in our study. However, considering their adverse effects on treatment, rapid detection of resistance...

  13. Rare case of non-tuberculous mycobacterium: a diagnostic dilemma.

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    Marathe, N; Canavan, B

    2017-02-10

    Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) infections occur in HIV-negative patients with or without underlying lung disease. It is generally felt that these organisms are acquired from the environment. Unlike tuberculosis, there are no convincing data demonstrating human-to-human OR animal-to-human transmission of NTM. We report a case of NTM infection in a 38 year old patient with underlying emphysematous lung disease. The case highlights the diagnostic dilemma which occurs when persistent sputum Acid- Fast Bacilli (AFB) smears are positive, but Nucleic acid amplification test is negative. To aid the diagnosis and rule out Pulmonary Tuberculosis as the other differential diagnosis, we applied American Thoracic Society/Infectious Disease Society of America (ATS/IDSA) guidelines & recommendations1. The decision to treat was taken on basis of CT findings, clinical, microbiologic criteria and expert consultation with Microbiology department at Waterford.

  14. Tuberculous meningoencephalitis with severe neurological sequel in an immigrant child

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    Kadriye Kart Yasar

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    Full Text Available Central nervous system tuberculosis (TB is the most devastating manifestation of TB. It is a challenge for clinicians because of the difficulty in making an early diagnosis and the severe consequences of delayed treatment. The aim of this report is to point out the relation between migration and TB based on a 14-year-old child with tuberculous meningoencephalitis (TBM of an immigrant family. Migration, crowded living conditions and positive family history contribute to the severe course of TB as TBM and miliary TB forms. TB control may prevent these severe manifestations of the disease among immigrants. Prompt diagnosis with helpful early diagnostic tools like polymerase chain reaction in TBM is crucial due to the high mortality and morbidity.

  15. Preliminary Report of Instrumentation in Tuberculous Lumbosacral Spine

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    Full Text Available The aims of spinal tuberculosis treatment are to eradicate the disease, to prevent the development of paraplegia and kyphotic deformity, to manage the existing deformity and neurological deficit, to allow early ambulation and to return the patient back to daily life. Methods for the treatment of tuberculosis of vertebra are still controversial. Conservative treatment includes medical therapy as well as external supports and surgery is indicated for deformity of spine, severe pain, or neurological compromise conditions. Most cases in our country were late presentations with disc space already infected, and after débridement there was a large gap needing bone graft to enhance bony fusion and anterior column support. Although the spine was infected, instrumentation posed no additional hazard in terms of tuberculous discitis. Oga et al. reported that M. tuberculosis has low adhesion capability and forms only a few microcolonies surrounded by a biofilm. Moon et al. stated that interbody fusion performed with classical anterior radical surgery per se was ineffective in the correction of kyphosis and did not prevent the increase in kyphosis angle. The present study focuses on collected clinical and radiographic outcomes in ten patients who underwent Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF for tuberculous lumbosacral spine. All the cases had instability with kyphotic deformity or loss of lordosis. Clinical outcomes were measured by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS, modified MacNab Criteria, and radiographic outcomes (segmental kyphotic angle and total lumbar lordotic, TLL, angle on follow-up to six months. The mean VAS back scores showed decrease, and kyphotic angles and lordotic angles improved. Three cases had excellent results, six good and one fair using the modified MacNab criteria.

  16. Paradoxical Manifestation is Common in HIV-negative Tuberculous Meningitis.

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    Tai, Mei-Ling Sharon; Nor, Hazman Mohd; Kadir, Khairul Azmi Abdul; Viswanathan, Shanthi; Rahmat, Kartini; Zain, Norzaini Rose Mohd; Ong, Kuo Ghee; Rafia, Mohd Hanip; Tan, Chong Tin

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    Paradoxical manifestation is worsening of pre-existing tuberculous lesion or appearance of new lesions in patients whose condition initially improved with antituberculous treatment. Our hypothesis was that paradoxical manifestation in non-HIV tuberculous meningitis (TBM) patients was underestimated and this could contribute to patients' prognosis. This was the first systemic study of paradoxical manifestation in HIV-negative TBM patients. Between 2009 and 2014, TBM patients were studied prospectively in 2 hospitals. Clinical features, cerebrospinal fluid, and radiological findings were monitored. Paradoxical manifestation was divided into definite (4 weeks or more) and probable (between 14 and 27 d) after commencement of antituberculous treatment. Forty-one non-HIV TBM patients were recruited. Definite paradoxical manifestation occurred in 23/41 (56%) of the patients. Time to onset of paradoxical manifestation was between 28 days and 9 months, and majority was between 28 and 50 days. Neuroimaging manifestation in the brain (22/41 patients, 54%) and clinical manifestation (22/41 patients, 54%) were most commonly seen, followed by cerebrospinal fluid manifestation (7/41 patients, 17%). Neuroimaging changes most commonly seen were worsening of leptomeningeal enhancement, new infarcts, new tuberculomas, and enlargement of tuberculoma. Initial Computed Tomography Angiography/magnetic resonance angiography brain showed vasculitis in 14 patients, with 2 (12.5%) showing paradoxical vasculitis during follow-up. Recurrence of the paradoxical manifestation was seen in 7/23 (30%) of the patients. More than half (14/23, 61%) of the patients improved, 6 (26%) patients died, and 3 (13%) patients had persistent neurological deficit. Paradoxical manifestation was very common in non-HIV TBM patients. Neuroimaging paradoxical manifestation of 2-4 weeks may not be paradoxical manifestation but could be delayed treatment response.

  17. Role of inflammation in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation and the protective effect of atorvastatin in a goat model of aseptic pericarditis.

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    Zhang, Ye; Wang, Yu-Tang; Shan, Zhao-Liang; Guo, Hong-Yang; Guan, Yuan; Yuan, Hong-Tao

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    The present study was designed to determine the association between atrial fibrillation (AF) and inflammation in a goat sterile pericarditis model and to assess the effect of atorvastatin, a cholesterol‑reducing drug, on AF. A total of 15 adult male goats were randomly divided into control, untreated pericarditis and atorvastatin‑treated pericarditis groups. Pericarditis was induced via thoracotomy and atorvastatin was administered orally (60 mg/day) to the goats in the latter group for the duration of the study, commencing 1 week prior to surgery. The levels of high‑sensitivity C‑reactive protein (hs‑CRP), interleukin(IL)‑6 and tumor necrosis factor‑α (TNF‑α) were significantly elevated following surgery in the untreated pericarditis and atorvastatin groups compared with the control group (Ppericarditis group (Ppericarditis group had a longer effective refractory period (ERP) and a higher rate adaptation of the ERP compared with those in the untreated pericarditis group (Ppericarditis group. The inducibility of AF in the left atrium and the duration of AF in the untreated pericarditis and atorvastatin‑treated groups increased significantly following surgery (Ppericarditis group, however, had a longer duration of AF compared with the atorvastatin group (P<0.05). Thus, inflammation may promote AF by shortening atrial ERP and by reducing the rate adaptation of ERP. These results suggested that atorvastatin can attenuate AF by inhibiting inflammation and may assist in preventing the occurrence and recurrence of AF following cardiac surgery.

  18. Animal model of acute pericarditis and its progression to pericardial fibrosis and adhesions: ultrastructural studies.

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    Leak, L V; Ferrans, V J; Cohen, S R; Eidbo, E E; Jones, M

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    To study the evolution of pericardial inflammation, we have developed a model of pericarditis in sheep by surgically injecting heat-killed staphylococci and Freund's adjuvant into the pericardial cavity under sterile conditions. The pericarditis evolved through the following phases: 1) inflammatory response, 2) mesothelial cell injury and desquamation, and 3) fibrotic phase. At 3-24 hr there was increased microvascular permeability, which resulted in the exudation of fluid, neutrophils, macrophages, and fibrin into the pericardial cavity and the pericardial interstitium. By 72 hr, large numbers of inflammatory cells were aggregated on the mesothelial surfaces and dispersed throughout the pericardial cavity, either as free-floating cells or located between strands of fibrin. At 6 days, fibrinolysis was apparent along the mesothelial surfaces; and newly formed collagen fibrils were deposited throughout the interstitial spaces and among the aggregated cells. These fibrils provided a matrix for the growth of new blood and lymphatic vessels into new connective tissue on both parietal and visceral pericardial surfaces. At 2 weeks, intrapericardial fibrosis had produced focal adhesions between the pericardial surfaces. At 1 month, extensive areas of the pericardial cavity were obliterated. By 9 months, there was a marked reduction in the numbers of cells and blood vessels and increased deposition of collagen and elastic fibers. The intrapericardial injection of heat-killed staphylococci and adjuvant provides a reproducible animal model to study the time course of pericardial inflammation.

  19. Pericarditis Associated With Human Herpesvirus-6 Reactivation in a Patient After Unrelated Cord Blood Transplant.

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    Yoshida, Masahiro; Nakamae, Hirohisa; Okamura, Hiroshi; Nishimoto, Mitsutaka; Hayashi, Yoshiki; Koh, Hideo; Nakane, Takahiko; Hino, Masayuki

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    A 53-year-old woman with myelodysplastic syndrome received a cord blood transplant because she had frequent episodes of febrile neutropenia. As a conditioning regimen for transplant, she received 12 Gy total body irradiation, intravenous cytosine arabinoside 3 g/m2 every 12 hours on days -5 and -4, and cyclophosphamide 60 mg/kg/day on days -3 and -2. She received tacrolimus and short-term methotrexate treatment as prophylaxis for graft-versus-host disease. Her cardiac function was normal before transplant. She developed acute heart failure with a mild pericardial effusion 11 days after transplant, but her failure improved with a diuretic, vasodilator, and inotropic agent. She complained of dyspnea, and chest auscultation revealed pericardial friction rubs on day 28. Massive pericardial effusion was detected by echocardiography and pericarditis was diagnosed. The pericardial space was drained by pericardiocentesis. The pericardial fluid was exudative, but no bacteria or fungi were cultured. On viral polymerase chain reaction examination, human herpesvirus-6 was detected at a level of 3 × 104 copies/mL in the pericardial effusion, but not in the peripheral blood. With conservative treatment alone, that did not include antiviral therapy, her symptoms disappeared on day 56. We conclude that human herpesvirus-6 reactivation may have been associated with her pericarditis.

  20. [Empyema thoracis, hemorrhagic pericarditis and acalculous cholecystitis caused by Eikenella corrodens sepsis].

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    Dézsi, Csaba András; Kullmann, Tamás; Issekutz, Akos; Zsoldos, Péter; Fi, Zsolt; Szabó, Albert; Knausz, Márta; Szentes, Veronika; Molnár, F Tamás; Szalai, Zsuzsanna

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    The authors present a case of a 29-year-old woman who was diagnosed with pneumonia in the left side complicated with pleural effusion and hemorrhagic pericarditis one month after she had undergone tonsillectomy. Eikenella corrodens was identified as pathogenic agent when the empyema was removed during thoracotomy. After the patient was given antibiotic treatment she was discharged from the hospital without any symptoms or complaints. However, one month after she had left the hospital she was readmitted to the surgical unit as an emergency because of acute abdominal complaints. On admission acalculous cholecystitis as well as hemorrhagic pericarditis requiring pericardiocentesis were also observed. A rare cause of sepsis, Eikenella corrodens was identified which resulted in a severe disorder including polyserositis. Pericardiocentesis was performed two times and the patient was given targeted antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. She was also treated with antimycotics as she had developed mycosis. After one month the patient recovered and was discharged from the hospital. No further recurrence of symptoms or complaints was observed during follow up.

  1. Management of pericarditis and myocarditis: could heart-rate-reducing drugs hold a promise?

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    Roubille, François; Tournoux, François; Roubille, Camille; Merlet, Nolwenn; Davy, Jean-Marc; Rhéaume, Eric; Busseuil, David; Tardif, Jean-Claude

    2013-12-01

    Rest is usually recommended in acute pericarditis and acute myocarditis. Given that myocarditis often leads to hospitalization, this task seems easy to carry out in hospital practice; however, it could be a real challenge at home in daily life. Heart rate-lowering treatments (mainly beta-blockers) are usually recommended in case of acute myocarditis, especially in case of heart failure or arrhythmias, but level of proof remains weak. Calcium channel inhibitors and digoxin are sometimes proposed, albeit in limited situations. It is possible that rest or even heart rate-lowering treatments could help to manage these patients by preventing heart failure as well as by limiting "mechanical inflammation" and controlling arrhythmias, especially life-threatening ones. Whether heart rate has an effect on inflammation remains unclear. Several questions remain unsolved, such as the duration of such treatments, especially in light of new heart rate-lowering treatments, such as ivabradine. In this review, we discuss rest and heart-rate lowering medications for the treatment of pericarditis and myocarditis. We also highlight some work in experimental models that indicates the beneficial effects of such treatments for these conditions. Finally, we suggest certain experimental avenues, through the use of animal models and clinical studies, which could lead to improved management of these patients. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Lifesaving pericardiocentesis due to purulent pericarditis with growth of Gram-negative rods in an immune-competent Inuit male

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    Simonÿ, Carl Frederik Brandt; Malham, Mikkel; Kanstrup, Jacob

    2014-01-01

    by echocardiography but is not the case in rural areas in common. Change in the infectious aetiology indicates broad-spectrum antibiotics. We describe a case of purulent pericarditis causing cardiac tamponade due to haematogenous spread of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Proteus species in an immune-competent Inuit...

  3. A novel deletion mutation in proteoglycan-4 underlies camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa-vara-pericarditis syndrome in a consanguineous pakistani family

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    Basit, S.; Iqbal, Z.; Umicevic-Mirkov, M.; Kamran Ul-Hassan Naqvi, S.; Coenen, M.J.H.; Ansar, M.; Bokhoven, J.H.L.M. van; Ahmad, W.

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa-vara-pericarditis (CACP) syndrome is an autosomal recessive condition that mostly affects joints and tendons but can also affect the pericardium, which is a surface surrounding the heart. CACP syndrome is caused by mutations in a secreted

  4. Recommendations for participation in competitive sport and leisure-time physical activity in individuals with cardiomyopathies, myocarditis and pericarditis.

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    Pelliccia, Antonio; Corrado, Domenico; Bjørnstad, Hans Halvor; Panhuyzen-Goedkoop, Nicole; Urhausen, Axel; Carre, Francois; Anastasakis, Aris; Vanhees, Luc; Arbustini, Eloisa; Priori, Silvia

    2006-12-01

    Several relatively uncommon, but important cardiovascular diseases are associated with increased risk for acute cardiac events during exercise (including sudden death), such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) and myo-pericarditis. Practising cardiologists are frequently asked to advise on exercise programmes and sport participation in young individuals with these cardiovascular diseases. Indeed, many asymptomatic (or mildly symptomatic) patients with cardiomyopathies aspire to a physically active lifestyle to take advantage of the many documented benefits of exercise. While recommendations dictating the participation in competitive sport for athletes with cardiomyopathies and myo-pericarditis have recently been published as a consensus document of the European Society of Cardiology, no European guidelines have addressed the possible participation of patients with cardiomyopathies in recreational and amateur sport activities. The present document is intended to offer a comprehensive overview to practising cardiologists and sport physicians of the recommendations governing safe participation in different types of competitive sport, as well as the participation in a variety of recreational physical activities and amateur sports in individuals with cardiomyopathies and myo-pericarditis. These recommendations, based largely on the experience and insights of the expert panel appointed by the European Society of Cardiology, include the most up-to-date information concerning regular exercise and sports activity in patients with cardiomyopathies and myo-pericarditis.

  5. Chronic constrictive pericarditis caused by self-mutilation with sewing needles. A case report and review of published reports.

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    Keogh, B E; Oakley, C M; Taylor, K M

    1988-01-01

    A 34 year old woman with a history of self-mutilation developed severe constrictive pericarditis with sterile, calcified intrapericardial abscess cavities as a result of inserting sewing needles into her chest seven years previously. After pericardiectomy she made a good recovery. Images Fig 1 Fig 2 PMID:3277655

  6. Human immunodeficiency virus infection in a child revealed by a massive purulent pericarditis mistaken for a liver abscess due to Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Bernadette, Ngo Nonga; Kamgaing, N; Monebenimp, F; Simeu, C

    2015-01-01

    Massive purulent andacute pericarditis in children is a life-threatening disease associated with high mortality. It has been described tocomplicate usuallya bronchopulmonary infectionbut is currently uncommon in the era of antibiotics. Acute and massive purulent pericarditis has been rarely reported in children in association with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This is a case of a10-year-old boy who presented with signs of sepsis and cardiac tamponade due to a massive staphylococcal purulent pericarditis complicating an unknown HIV infection.The child underwent pericardiectomy, intensive treatment, and survived this life-threatening disease.

  7. Nitrogen Fixation Associated with Suillus tomentosus Tuberculate Ectomycorrhizae on Pinus contorta var. latifolia

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    Paul, L. R.; Chapman, B. K.; Chanway, C. P.

    2007-01-01

    Background and Aims Tuberculate ectomycorrhizae are a unique form of ectomycorrhiza where densely packed clusters of mycorrhizal root tips are enveloped by a thick hyphal sheath to form a tubercle. The functional significance of such a unique structure has not previously been established. The purpose of the present study was to investigate and measure the potential nitrogenase activity associated with Suillus tomentosus/Pinus contorta tuberculate ectomycorrhizae in two stand ages, young and old, and across a range of nitrogen-poor soil conditions. Methods Short roots were compared with other mycorrhizae and non-mycorrhizal secondary roots using tuberculate ectomycorrhizae. Assessment of nitrogenase activity was determined and quantitative measurements were taken on tuberculate ectomycorrhizae in situ in a variety of different circumstances, by using an adaptation of the acetylene reduction assay. Key Results Significant nitrogenase activity was measured associated with S. tomentosus/P. contorta tuberculate ectomycorrhizae whereas no nitrogenase activity was measured with non-tuberculate mycorrhizae or secondary roots without mycorrhizae. Average nitrogenase activity ranged from undetectable to 5696·7 nmol C2H4 g−1 tubercle 24 h−1. Maximum nitrogenase activity was 25 098·8 nmol C2H4 g−1 tubercle 24 h−1. Nitrogenase activity was significantly higher in young stands than in old stands of P. contorta. Season or some covariate also seemed to affect nitrogenase activity and there was suggestion of a site effect. Conclusions Suillus tomentosus/P. contorta tuberculate ectomycorrhizae are sites of significant nitrogenase activity. The nitrogenase activity measured could be an important contribution to the nitrogen budget of P. contorta stands. Season and stand age affect levels of nitrogenase activity. PMID:17468111

  8. Nodo-colonic fistula caused by intra-abdominal tuberculous lymphadenitis during treatment with anti-tuberculous medication: A case report

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    Nam, Kyung Sun; Bae, Kyung Eun; Jeong, Myeong Ja; Lee, Ji Hae; Kang, Mi Jin; Kim, Jae Hyung; Kim, Soo Hyun [Dept. of Radiology, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-08-15

    Recently, the overall incidence of tuberculosis has decreased, but the incidence of an extrapulmonary manifestation in patients with tuberculosis has increased in the Republic of Korea. Although intestinal tuberculosis is not infrequent, a fistula caused by tuberculosis is a rare condition. A 23-year-old man presented with fever, diarrhea and right lower quadrant pain. A computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a lobulated, peripherally enhancing, low density mass in the mesentery. The patient underwent laparoscopic biopsy for necrotic lymph node, and intra-abdominal tuberculous lymphadenitis was diagnosed. Four months after initiating treatment with anti-tuberculous medication, the patient developed fever together with lower abdominal pain. A follow-up CT scan revealed a fistulous tract that had developed between the initially noted lymphadenopathy and the proximal ascending colon. Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy was performed as a curative treatment. This case suggests that a nodo-colonic fistula may occur as a paradoxical response in patients with intra-abdominal tuberculous lymphadenitis during treatment with anti-tuberculous medication.

  9. The role of liquid-based cytology and ancillary techniques in pleural and pericardic effusions: an institutional experience.

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    Rossi, Esther Diana; Bizzarro, Tommaso; Schmitt, Fernando; Longatto-Filho, Adhemar

    2015-04-01

    Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) of serous membrane effusions may fulfil a challenging role in the diagnostic analysis of both primary and metastatic disease. From this perspective, liquid-based cytology (LBC) represents a feasible and reliable method for empowering the performance of ancillary techniques (ie, immunocytochemistry and molecular testing) with high diagnostic accuracy. In total, 3171 LBC pleural and pericardic effusions were appraised between January 2000 and December 2013. They were classified as negative for malignancy (NM), suspicious for malignancy (SM), or positive for malignancy (PM). The cytologic diagnoses included 2721 NM effusions (2505 pleural and 216 pericardic), 104 SM effusions (93 pleural and 11 pericardic), and 346 PM effusions (321 pleural and 25 pericardic). The malignant pleural series included 76 unknown malignancies (36 SM and 40 PM effusions), 174 metastatic lesions (85 SM and 89 PM effusions), 14 lymphomas (3 SM and 11 PM effusions), 16 mesotheliomas (5 SM and 11 SM effusions), and 3 myelomas (all SM effusions). The malignant pericardic category included 20 unknown malignancies (5 SM and 15 PM effusions), 15 metastatic lesions (1 SM and 14 PM effusions), and 1 lymphoma (1 PM effusion). There were 411 conclusive immunocytochemical analyses and 47 molecular analyses, and the authors documented 88% sensitivity, 100% specificity, 98% diagnostic accuracy, 98% negative predictive value, and 100% positive predictive value for FNAC. FNAC represents a primary diagnostic tool for effusions and a reliable approach with which to determine the correct follow-up. Furthermore, LBC is useful for ancillary techniques, such as immunocytochemistry and molecular analysis, with feasible diagnostic and predictive utility. © 2015 American Cancer Society.

  10. Predictors of outcome in patients with tuberculous meningitis.

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    Hosoglu, S; Geyik, M F; Balik, I; Aygen, B; Erol, S; Aygencel, T G; Mert, A; Saltoglu, N; Dokmetas, I; Felek, S; Sunbul, M; Irmak, H; Aydin, K; Kokoglu, O F; Ucmak, H; Altindis, M; Loeb, M

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    To assess predictors of mortality and neurological sequelae in patients with tuberculous meningitis (TBM). Patients with TBM treated at 12 university hospitals in Turkey between 1985 and 1997 were evaluated using a standardised protocol applied retrospectively. Variables associated with hospital mortality as well as with the presence of neurological sequelae at 6 months were determined using logistic regression models. Four hundred and thirty-four patients between the ages of 13 and 83 years (mean 33 years) were evaluated. Sixty-eight per cent of these patients presented with Medical Research Council Stage II or III. One hundred and one patients (23.3%) died and 67 (27%) of evaluable survivors had neurological sequelae. In multi-variable analysis, convulsion (OR 3.3, 95%CI 1.2-9.0, P = 0.02), comatose mental status (OR 6.0, 95%CI 3.6-10.2, P = 0.01), and delayed or interrupted treatment (OR 5.1, 95%CI 2.4-11.2, P = 0.01) were shown to be predictors for mortality. The presence of extra-meningeal tuberculosis (OR 2.1, 95%CI 1.1-4.2, P = 0.035), cranial nerve palsy (OR 2.6, 95%CI 1.4-4.2, P = 0.01), hemiparesia/focal weakness (OR 9.3, 95%CI 3.8-22.6, P = 0.01), hemiplegia/multiple neurological deficit (OR 7.1, 95%CI 2.14-23.38, P = 0.01) and drowsiness (OR 4.2, 95%CI 2.04-8.82, P = 0.01) were independent predictors of neurological sequelae at 6 months following hospital discharge. The results of this study emphasise the importance of prompt and uninterrupted anti-tuberculosis therapy for tuberculous meningitis. The presence of seizures or coma on admission to hospital are important predictors for mortality, while the presence of focal neurological signs is a predictor for persistent neurological sequelae in survivors.

  11. The clinical and cerebrospinal fluid cytological features of tuberculous meningitis

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    YANG Xiao

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To analyze the clinical and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF cytological features of patients with tuberculous meningitis (TBM, to improve early diagnostic accuracy and treatment of TBM. Methods Clinical presentations, etiology and biochemical and cytological features of CSF were analyzed retrospectively among 60 adult cases with TBM hospitalized at Neurology Department of General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University from January 2005 to May 2011. Results Most patients (58/60, 96.67% had fever and headache at onset. In some patients, disturbance of consciousness (9/60, 15.00%, seizure (5/60, 8.33% occurred in 1 week and focal neurological signs developed during the course. Forty?four patients (73.33% had pulmonary tuberculosis history. In CSF examination, acid?fast bacillus positive was found in 8 patients. Positive acid ? fast myobacterium tuberculous culture was detected in 5 patients and positive myobacterium tuberculosis DNA were seen in 5 patients. The main changes of CSF were intracranial hypertension, increase of protein, and decrease of glucose. CSF presented mixed cellular response with predominace in the increasing of leucocytes. During early stage the mean percentage of neutrophil in CSF was less than 40%. After short term (as long as 2 months of regular antituberculotic therapy no significant changes in total cell count and the proportion of neutrophils were seen. In 60 patients, 44 patients were ameliorated, 11 were not healed or were discharged or transferred to other hospital and 5 were dead. Prognosis of patients treated within 3 weeks after onsets was superiorly to those treated at more than 3 weeks after onset. Conclusion There are no specific clinical features in TBM and it is hard to perform early diagnosis for TBM, particularly, existing of low efficiency in pathogenic detection, but pulmonary tuberculosis is of accessary value to diagnose TBM. Whereas mixed cellular response may complementarily provide the diagnosis of

  12. DETECTION AND DIFFERENTIATION OF NON-TUBERCULOUS MYCOBACTERIA AND M. TUBERCULOSIS COMPLEX BY REAL TIME PCR

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    Full Text Available Goal of the study: to define the design of primers and probes specific to DNA of non-tuberculous mycobacteria and evaluate their diagnostic value in case of simultaneous detection of non-tuberculous mycobacteria and M. tuberculosis complex by real time PCR.Materials and methods. Primer 3, Primer BLAST, Ugene Uni Pro were used to design primers and probes. Preliminary assessment of specificity and sensitivity of detection of non-tuberculous mycobacteria DNA was performed on cultures belonging to 18 types of non-tuberculous mycobacteria, 16 strains of M. tuberculosis complex and 14 types of microorganisms being none Mycobacterum. Analytic sensitivity was tested on 284 cultures of non-tuberculous mycobacteria and diagnostic sensitivity was tested on 124 sputum samples. The kit ofM-Sorb-Tub-Avtomat (ZAO Sintol was used for DNA isolation. Cultures were subcultured on the liquid medium of Middlebrook 7H9 in Bactec MGIT 960. Cultures were identified with the use of standard microbiological techniques. Analysis of DNA isolated from cultures was performed by the reagent kit of GenoTypeCM/AS (Hain Lifescience, Germany.Results. 100% specificity and sensitivity of PCR was demonstrated in mycobacterial cultures and 100% specificity and 69-70% sensitivity was demonstrated in diagnostic material analysis.

  13. Tuberculous lymphadenitis and adrenalitis with concomitant Addison′s disease: A need to diagnose and treat early

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    Ya-Li Chang

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    Full Text Available Extrapulmonary tuberculosis often proceeds with an indolent course until a substantially infected organ is destroyed. This fact creates a great diagnostic challenge for clinicians. We report a rare case of tuberculous lymphadenitis and bilateral tuberculous adrenalitis with concomitant Addison′s disease successfully treated with antitubercular drugs and steroid replacement.

  14. GeneXpert MTB/Rif to Diagnose Tuberculous Meningitis: Perhaps the First Test but not the Last

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    Bahr, N.C.; Marais, S.; Caws, M.; Crevel, R. van; Wilkinson, R.J.; Tyagi, J.S.; Thwaites, G.E.; Boulware, D.R.; Aarnoutse, R.E.; Laarhoven, A. van

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    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is the most severe form of tuberculous with substantial mortality. In May 2015, 54 researchers from 10 countries met in Da Lat, Vietnam, to discuss advances in TBM. Among the attendees were researchers involved in pivotal studies on the use of Xpert MTB/Rif for TBM

  15. Anaesthetic management of emergency caesarean section in a patient with seizures and likely raised intracranial pressure due to tuberculous meningitis.

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    Baidya, D K; Trikha, A; Menon, S; Garg, R

    2011-09-01

    We report the anaesthetic management of a term pregnant woman with active tuberculous meningitis, who had experienced seizures, had signs of raised intracranial pressure and required emergency caesarean section. Peripartum anaesthetic management of a patient with tuberculous meningitis is a rare event.

  16. Evaluation of the MODS culture technique for the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis.

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    Maxine Caws

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous meningitis (TBM is a devastating condition. The rapid instigation of appropraite chemotherapy is vital to reduce morbidity and mortality. However rapid diagnosis remains elusive; smear microscopy has extremely low sensitivity on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF in most laboratories and PCR requires expertise with advanced infrastructure and has sensitivity of only around 60% under optimal conditions. Neither technique allows for the microbiological isolation of M. tuberculosis and subsequent drug susceptibility testing. We evaluated the recently developed microscopic observation drug susceptibility (MODS assay format for speed and accuracy in diagnosing TBM.Two hundred and thirty consecutive CSF samples collected from 156 patients clinically suspected of TBM on presentation at a tertiary referal hospital in Vietnam were enrolled into the study over a five month period and tested by Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN smear, MODS, Mycobacterial growth Indicator tube (MGIT and Lowenstein-Jensen (LJ culture. Sixty-one samples were from patients already on TB therapy for >1day and 19 samples were excluded due to untraceable patient records. One hundred and fifty samples from 137 newly presenting patients remained. Forty-two percent (n = 57/137 of patients were deemed to have TBM by clinical diagnostic and microbiological criteria (excluding MODS. Sensitivity by patient against clinical gold standard for ZN smear, MODS MGIT and LJ were 52.6%, 64.9%, 70.2% and 70.2%, respectively. Specificity of all microbiological techniques was 100%. Positive and negative predictive values for MODS were 100% and 78.7%, respectively for HIV infected patients and 100% and 82.1% for HIV negative patients. The median time to positive was 6 days (interquartile range 5-7, significantly faster than MGIT at 15.5 days (interquartile range 12-24, and LJ at 24 days (interquartile range 18-35 days (P<0.01.We have shown MODS to be a sensitive, rapid technique for the diagnosis of TBM with

  17. Value of early follow-up CT in paediatric tuberculous meningitis

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    Andronikou, Savvas [University of Cape Town, Department of Radiology, Cape Town (South Africa); Wieselthaler, Nicky; Smith, Bruce; Douis, Hassan [Red Cross Children' s Hospital, Department of Paediatric Radiology, School of Child and Adolescent Health, Cape Town (South Africa); Fieggen, A. Graham; Toorn, Ronald van; Wilmshurst, Jo [Red Cross Children' s Hospital, Department of Paediatric Radiology, School of Child and Adolescent Health, Cape Town (South Africa); Red Cross Children' s Hospital, Department of Neurosciences, School of Child and Adolescent Health, Cape Town (South Africa)

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    The value of CT in the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) in children is well reported. Follow-up CT scanning for these patients is, however, not well described and, in particular, the value of early follow-up CT has not been addressed for children with TBM. To assess the value of early follow-up CT in children with TBM in identifying diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutically relevant features of TBM. A retrospective 4-year review of CT scans performed within 1 week and 1 month of initial CT in children with proven (CSF culture-positive) and probable TBM (CSF profile-positive but culture-negative) and comparison with initial CT for the diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic CT features of TBM. The CT scans of 50 children were included (19 ''definite'' TBM; 31 ''probable'' TBM). Of these, 30 had CT scans performed within 1 week of the initial CT. On initial CT, 44 patients had basal enhancement. Only 24 patients had contrast medium-enhanced follow-up scans. Important findings include: 8 of 29 patients (who were not shunted) developed new hydrocephalus. New infarcts developed in 24 patients; 45% of those who did not have infarction initially developed new infarcts. Three of the six patients who did not show basal enhancement on initial scans developed this on the follow-up scans, while in seven patients with pre-existing basal enhancement this became more pronounced. Two patients developed hyperdensity in the cisterns on non-contrast medium scans. Eight patients developed a diagnostic triad of features. Three patients developed CT features of TBM where there was none on the initial scans. Early follow-up CT is useful in making a diagnosis of TBM by demonstrating features that were not present initially and by demonstrating more sensitive, obvious or additional features of TBM. In addition, follow-up CT is valuable as a prognostic indicator as it demonstrates additional infarcts which may have developed or become more

  18. Stroke in a patient with tuberculous meningitis and HIV infection

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    Maria Bruna Pasticci

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract. Tuberculous meningitis (TBM is a devastating disease. TBM occurs more commonly in HIV infected patients. The influence of HIV co-infection on clinical manifestations and outcome of TBM is not well defined. Yet, some differences have been observed and stroke has been recorded to occur more frequently. This study reports on an HIV infected Caucasian female with lung, meningeal tuberculosis and stroke due to a cortical sub-cortical ischemic lesion.TBM was documented in the absence of neurologic symptoms. At the same time, miliary lung TB caused by multi-susceptible Mycobacterium tuberculosis was diagnosed. Anti-TB therapy consisting of a combination of four drugs was administered. The patient improved and was discharged five weeks later. In conclusion, TBM and multiple underling pathologies including HIV infection, as well as other risk factors can lead to a greater risk of stroke. Moreover, drug interactions and their side effects add levels of complexity. TBM must be included in the differential diagnosis of HIV infected patients with stroke and TBM treatment needs be started as soon as possible before the onset of vasculopathy.

  19. Tuberculous spondylodiscitis: epidemiology, clinical features, treatment, and outcome.

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    Trecarichi, E M; Di Meco, E; Mazzotta, V; Fantoni, M

    2012-04-01

    Tuberculous spondylodiscitis (TS) is a rare but serious clinical condition which may lead to severe deformity and early or late neurological complications. To discuss certain aspects of the approach to TSs, focusing upon epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment outcome. For the purpose of this review, a literature search was performed using the Pubmed database through to 19th October 2011 to identify studies published in the last 20 years, concerned in epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutical aspects of TS in adults. Only studies drafted in English language and reporting case series of more than 20 patients have been included. TS has been reported to accounts for 1-5% of all TB cases, and for about 50% of the cases of articulo-skeletal TB infections. Despite the actual availability of more effective diagnostic tools, early recognition of TS remains difficult and a high index of suspicion is needed due to the chronic nature of the disease and its insidious and variable clinical presentation. A prompt diagnosis is required to improve long term outcome, and a microbiological confirmation is recommended to enable appropriate choice of anti-mycobacterial agents. Surgery has an important role in alleviating pain, correcting deformities and neurological impairment, and restoring function. Further studies are required to assess the appropriate duration of anti-microbial treatment, also in regarding of a combined surgical approach.

  20. Clinical prediction rule for differentiating tuberculous from viral meningitis.

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    Hristea, A; Olaru, I D; Baicus, C; Moroti, R; Arama, V; Ion, M

    2012-06-01

    The Professor Dr Matei Bals National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Bucharest, Romania. To create a prediction rule to enable clinicians to differentiate patients with tuberculous meningitis (TBM) from those with viral meningitis. We retrospectively analysed patients admitted to a tertiary care facility between 2001 and 2011 with viral meningitis and TBM. Patients were defined as having TBM according to a recently published consensus definition, and as viral meningitis if a viral aetiology was confirmed, or after ruling out bacterial, fungal and non-infectious causes of meningitis. We identified 433 patients with viral meningitis and 101 TBM patients and compared their clinical and laboratory features. Multivariable analysis showed a statistically significant association between TBM and the following variables: duration of symptoms before admission of ≥5 days, presence of neurological impairment (altered consciousness, seizures, mild focal signs, multiple cranial nerve palsies, dense hemiplegia or paraparesis), cerebrospinal fluid/blood glucose ratio 100 mg/dl. We propose a diagnostic score based on the coefficients derived from the logistic regression model with a sensitivity and specificity for TBM of respectively 92% and 94%. Our study suggests that easily available clinical and laboratory data are very useful for differentiating TBM from other causes of meningitis.

  1. Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria: Classification, Diagnostics, and Therapy.

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    Porvaznik, I; Solovič, I; Mokrý, J

    2017-01-01

    Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are species other than those belonging to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and do not cause leprosy. NTM are generally free-living organisms that are ubiquitous in the environment. There have been more than 140 NTM species identified to-date. They can cause a wide range of infections, with pulmonary infections being the most frequent (65-90 %). There is growing evidence that the incidence of NTM lung diseases and associated hospitalizations are on the rise, mainly in regions with a low prevalence of tuberculosis. A crucial clinical problem remains the evaluation of NTM significance in relation to the disease, especially in regard to the colonization of the respiratory tract in patients with residual lesions after tuberculosis or bronchiectasis. Clinical and radiographic pictures of mycobacteriosis, as well as therapy, have often similarities to those of tuberculosis. The treatment regimen should be individualized. In addition to antituberculotics, antibiotics are used more frequently. The most common mycobacteria causing lung disease in Slovakia are Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium abscessus.

  2. Continuous monitoring and intervention for cerebral ischemia in tuberculous meningitis.

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    Figaji, Anthony A; Sandler, Simon I J; Fieggen, A Graham; Le Roux, Peter D; Peter, Jonathan C; Argent, Andrew C

    2008-07-01

    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is a massive global problem. The mortality and morbidity associated with the severe form of the disease are exceptionally high. Even when increased intracranial pressure is treated and full conventional therapy is commenced, cerebral ischemia can develop and is associated with a particularly poor prognosis. We sought to evaluate our experience with two patients with severe TBM and cerebral oxygenation monitoring. Case report. Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town. Two comatose patients with TBM. Targeted interventions against low cerebral oxygenation in one patient. Cerebral tissue oxygenation (Ptio2) was measured. In both patients, Ptio2 monitoring demonstrated delayed cerebral ischemia despite the institution of full conventional therapy and the control of intracranial pressure. These data confirm that the vascular involvement in TBM is potentially progressive and that failure to diagnose infarction initially is not merely due to a delay in the radiologic appearance. The first patient developed extensive infarction, consistent with Ptio2 readings, and subsequently died after treatment withdrawal. Intervention in the second patient successfully reversed a precipitous decline of the Ptio2 readings and may have prevented infarction in this patient. The development of delayed cerebral ischemia in TBM despite treatment is confirmed in these two patients. The reversal of a decline in Ptio2 readings suggests a possible benefit for cerebral oxygenation monitoring in selected patients with severe TBM.

  3. Benefit of ELISpot in early diagnosis of tuberculous meningoencephalitis: Case report and literature review

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    Josefine Blume

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous meningitis and meningoencephalitis are rare and dangerous complications of infections with mycobacteria-complex. Usually these are complications of systemic florid infection with Mycobacterium (M. tuberculosis. They are most often seen in immune compromised patients. The confirmation of diagnosis can be elaborate and delayed due to long-term culture requirements for M. tuberculosis. We present a female patient, without history of immunosuppression, who was diagnosed with tuberculous meningoencephalitis using ELISpot to detect immune reactivity against mycobacterial antigens with lymphocytes from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF. ELISpot with CSF derived lymphocytes seems to be an appropriate method to diagnose tuberculous meningitis and meningoencephalitis and to make therapeutic decisions easier and earlier in atypical cases of infection with M. tuberculosis.

  4. Tuberculous lumbar arachnoiditis mimicking conus cauda tumor: A case report and review of literature

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    Konar, Subhas K; Rao, KVL Narasinga; Mahadevan, Anita; Devi, B Indira

    2011-01-01

    Tuberculous spinal arachnoiditis involving cauda equina is rare. A patient with lumbar tuberculous arachnoiditis in the absence of both vertebral and meningeal tuberculosis, which was mimicking spinal intradural extramedullary tumor is described here. Diagnosis was made based on intraoperative findings and was confirmed by histopathology. Surgical decompression along with a combination of steroid and antitubercular therapy resulted in a good outcome. At 3 months follow-up, the patient regained bladder control and was able to walk with support. Clinical features, magnetic resonance imaging, and intraoperative findings are described. Pathology and the relevant literature are discussed. Based on the patient's clinical and radiologic findings, it was believed that the patient had a conus cauda tumor and was operated on. Histologic examination of the mass revealed tuberculoma. Surgical decompression followed by antituberculosis medication resulted in good outcome. Hence tuberculous arachnoiditis should be considered in differential diagnosis of conus cauda tumors. PMID:21716842

  5. Tuberculous lumbar arachnoiditis mimicking conus cauda tumor: A case report and review of literature

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    Subhas K Konar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous spinal arachnoiditis involving cauda equina is rare. A patient with lumbar tuberculous arachnoiditis in the absence of both vertebral and meningeal tuberculosis, which was mimicking spinal intradural extramedullary tumor is described here. Diagnosis was made based on intraoperative findings and was confirmed by histopathology. Surgical decompression along with a combination of steroid and antitubercular therapy resulted in a good outcome. At 3 months follow-up, the patient regained bladder control and was able to walk with support. Clinical features, magnetic resonance imaging, and intraoperative findings are described. Pathology and the relevant literature are discussed. Based on the patient′s clinical and radiologic findings, it was believed that the patient had a conus cauda tumor and was operated on. Histologic examination of the mass revealed tuberculoma. Surgical decompression followed by antituberculosis medication resulted in good outcome. Hence tuberculous arachnoiditis should be considered in differential diagnosis of conus cauda tumors.

  6. Contribution of brain CT in the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis: a case report from Djibouti.

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    Garetier, M; Roche, N C; Longin, C; Clapson, P; Benois, A; Rousset, J

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    Tuberculous meningitis, a serious disease with high mortality and morbidity, remains frequent in countries with endemic tuberculosis. Its non-specific presentation often delays the introduction of appropriate treatment. Its definitive diagnosis requires isolation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from cerebrospinal fluid, although this test may be negative without conclusively ruling out this diagnosis. A presumptive diagnosis should be reached as soon as possible through a body of clinical evidence, including the lumbar puncture findings. Brain computed tomography (CT) with and without contrast medium injection is helpful for the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis and its complications. We discuss the features of CT and their value in relation to a case of tuberculous meningitis in Djibouti, as well as the role of CT in managing this disease.

  7. Tuberculous mastitis simulating carcinoma of the breast in a young Nigerian woman: a case report.

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    Sabageh, Donatus; Amao, Emmanuel Afolabi; Ayo-Aderibigbe A, Adebisi; Sabageh, Adedayo Olukemi

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    Tuberculous mastitis is an uncommon disease even in countries where tuberculosis is highly endemic. It typically presents a diagnostic challenge masquerading as carcinoma or other primary disease of the breast. We report the case of a young multiparous Nigerian woman who presented with a tender left breast lump and enlargement of the left axillary lymph nodes for which a provisional diagnosis of carcinoma of the breast was made after clinical and radiological evaluation. The mass was pathologically diagnosed as tuberculous mastitis and anti-tuberculous therapy was instituted although she later absconded. This case shows that TM may present a diagnostic challenge on clinical, radiologic and microbiological investigation. Therefore, a high index of suspicion as well as FNAC and/or histological evaluation of tissue samples remain very important its diagnosis.

  8. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Presenting as Constrictive Pericarditis: A Rare Case Report

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    Maryam Nabati

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    Full Text Available Constrictive pericarditis (CP is an uncommon post inflammatory disorder. It is described as pericardial thickening, myocardial constriction, and impaired diastolic filling. The most common etiologies are idiopathy, mediastinal radiotherapy, and prior cardiac surgery. Less common etiologies include viral infections, collagen vascular disorders, renal failure, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and blunt chest trauma. CP can less commonly be caused by malignancy. We report a very rare case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL presenting twice with attacks of decompensated heart failure. Echocardiography revealed that CP was responsible for the patient's symptoms as the first manifestation of NHL. Chest computed tomography scan and biopsy findings were compatible with the diagnosis of NHL. The patient received R-CHOP (cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, Oncovin®, and prednisone or prednisolone, combined with the monoclonal antibody rituximab chemotherapy. Three months later, there was significant improvement in the patient’s symptoms and considerable decrease in pericardial thickness.

  9. Clinical variability and genetic homogeneity of the camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa vara-pericarditis syndrome.

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    Faivre, L; Prieur, A M; Le Merrer, M; Hayem, F; Penet, C; Woo, P; Hofer, M; Dagoneau, N; Sermet, I; Munnich, A; Cormier-Daire, V

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    The camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa vara-pericarditis syndrome (CACP) is an autosomal recessive condition characterized by the association of congenital or early onset camptodactyly and noninflammatory arthropathy with synovial hyperplasia. Progressive coxa vara deformity and/or noninflammatory pericardial or pleural effusions have been observed in some patients. Recently, the disease gene has been assigned to human chromosome region 1q25-q31, and truncating mutations have been identified in the megakaryocyte stimulating factor gene. Studying 12 patients from 8 unrelated families, we emphasized hip and spine involvement, particularly in the course of the disease as shown in a 58-year-old patient. Despite clinical variability, linkage studies support genetic homogeneity of the disease.

  10. Abnormal portal vein waveform as an indicator of constrictive pericarditis – a case report

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    Joanna Ścieszka

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    Full Text Available We report a case of a 17-year-old patient referred to our outpatient Doppler Department due to clinical suspicion of liver cirrhosis. The patient presented with non-specifi c symptoms, such as malaise, pain in the right subcostal region, peripheral oedema. Until then, diagnostic imaging, including echocardiography was inconclusive. We performed the Doppler sonography of the portal system, which revealed normal diameter of the portal vein with abnormal, phasic and markedly pulsatile waveform. Hepatic veins distention with pathological reverse fl ow during systole was reported. Additionally, inferior vena cava was dilated and remained unchanged through the respiratory cycle. Basing on the above image a heart disease, which had not been taken into differential diagnosis before, was suggested. The following echocardiography, together with computed tomography, enabled a diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. Successful pericardiotomy was performed. Such a complicated diagnostics happened to demonstrate an uncommon example of the use of portal vein waveform in making the proper cardiologic diagnosis.

  11. Delayed recurrent pericarditis complicated by pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade in a blunt trauma patient

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    Full Text Available A 19-year-old male suffered orthopedic fractures, blunt solid organ injury and pneumopericardium after a fall from 40 feet. With the exception of an external fixation device, he was managed non-operatively and discharged to a rehabilitation unit after 8 days. He was readmitted 4 days later with chest pain and clinical evidence of pericardititis that resolved with the initiation of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and colchicine. He returned to the rehabilitation hospital, but was readmitted once again for chest pain and hypotension. Echocardiogram revealed cardiac tamponade that required emergent drainage. He tolerated the procedure well and was discharged home from the hospital to continue treatment for his pericarditis. He is doing well at 3 months of follow-up.

  12. A case of post-radiation constrictive pericarditis developing 12 years after radiation therapy

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    Sakuraba, Motoki; Tanaka, Jun-ichi; Ikeda, Shingo; Kigawa, Ikutaro; Fukuda, Sachito; Wanibuchi, Yasuhiko [Mitsui Memorial Hospital, Tokyo (Japan)

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    A 70-year-old woman underwent radical mastectomy for carcinoma of the left breast in 1982. Postoperative radiation therapy was given in a total dose of 50 Gy for parasternal and left subclavian nodes. Symptoms of heart failure such as exertional dyspnea, facial edema, and hepatomegaly manifested in 1992. Cardiac catheterization revealed marked elevation of mean right atrial pressure and right ventricular end-diastolic pressure. The pressure wave form of the right ventricle showed the so called ``dip and plateau`` feature. Pericardiectomy without using extracorporeal circulation was performed in 1994. Operative findings and pathological study results were compatible with radiation-induced constrictive pericarditis. She rapidly recovered from heart failure after this operation, and has done very well to date. (author)

  13. Colchicine for the prevention of pericarditis: what we know and what we do not know in 2014 - systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Brucato, Antonio; Belli, Riccardo; Forno, Davide; Ferro, Silvia; Trinchero, Rita; Adler, Yehuda

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate and summarize available evidence on the efficacy and safety of colchicine for pericarditis prevention. Disease recurrence is the major and most common complication of pericarditis and its prevention may reduce morbidity and management costs. Colchicine has been intensively studied in the last decade for pericarditis prevention. Controlled clinical studies were searched in several databases and were included provided they focused on the pharmacologic primary or secondary prevention of pericarditis. We performed a meta-analysis including studies of primary outcome, adverse events and drug withdrawal. From the initial sample of 175 citations, seven controlled clinical trials were finally included (1275 patients): five studies were double-blind randomized controlled trials (RCT), and two studies were open-label RCTs. Trials followed patients for a mean of 19 months. Meta-analytic pooling showed that colchicine use was associated with a reduced risk of pericarditis during follow-up [odds ratio (OR) 0.33 (0.25-0.44), P for effect pericarditis without a significant increase of the risk of side-effects and drug withdrawals.

  14. Pericarditis in uremic patients: serum albumin and size of pericardial effusion predict drainage necessity.

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    Bataille, Stanislas; Brunet, Philippe; Decourt, Alexandre; Bonnet, Guillaume; Loundou, Anderson; Berland, Yvon; Habib, Gilbert; Vacher-Coponat, Henri

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    Pericardial effusion in uremic patients (UPE) was first described by R. Bright in 1836. It is generally agreed that patients require emergency pericardial drainage when tamponade signs are present, but in patients with no tamponade the optimal timing for drainage remains unclear. To define patients who will require pericardial drainage, we retrospectively studied risk factors for pericardial drainage in patients admitted with pericardial effusion and chronic renal failure. Between 2000 and 2012, 44 UPE patients were identified using the database of our institution: 43% were under hemodialysis, 7% under peritoneal dialysis, 11% transplanted, 39% had chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 or 5. Cause of UPE was uremic pericarditis in 45.5%, dialysis pericarditis in 45.5%, and other in 9%. On initial echocardiography, UPE was estimated small (500 ml) in 30%. Tamponade signs were observed in 16% of patients. During follow-up, 100 % of large effusions required drainage (70% immediate, 30% delayed). For moderate and small UPE, the initial size on echocardiography was not discriminating. Serum albumin level was highly predictive of the risk of drainage: when albuminemia was ≤31 g/l, 35% patients were drained vs. only 7% when albuminemia was >31 g/l. In this first study reporting UPE drainage risk factors, all large UPE required drainage even when extra-renal epuration intensification or medical treatment were tried. This suggests that large UPE should be drained without delay. For small and moderate UPE, size of effusion on echocardiography does not predict drainage requirement but serum albumin level does.

  15. Treatment of Adults with Idiopathic Recurrent Pericarditis: Novel Use of Immunotherapy.

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    Schwier, Nicholas C; Hale, Genevieve M; Davies, Marie L

    2017-03-01

    Idiopathic recurrent pericarditis (IRP) can be challenging to treat. Even after guideline-directed first-line treatment consisting of aspirin (ASA) or a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) in combination with colchicine therapy, recurrences still occur in greater than 20% of patients. Many patients then require treatment with long-term corticosteroids, which is not a favorable option due to their short- and long-term adverse effects. Because it is theorized that the pathophysiology of IRP may possess autoimmune sequelae, the use of immunotherapy for the treatment of IRP has emerged. In this review, we describe the literature associated with immunotherapy used to treat IRP in an adult population as well as provide an overview of the safety and monitoring parameters for each agent. The most common immunotherapies used after patients have had multiple recurrences of IRP are anakinra, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and azathioprine. In most cases, these immunotherapies are adjunctive therapy, with the goal of tapering and discontinuing immunosuppressive corticosteroids. After reviewing the data, anakinra resulted in more patients discontinuing corticosteroids and prevented further recurrences of pericarditis. IVIG resulted in symptom resolution and no further recurrences in most of the patients. Azathioprine was associated with more than half of patients becoming recurrence free; however, many patients required a restart of corticosteroids due to recurrence. Clinicians should be aware of the adverse effects of immunotherapy, ranging from mild gastrointestinal events to risk of infection and serious blood dyscrasias that may require diligent monitoring. The use of immunotherapy for the treatment of adults with IRP should be restricted to patients who have multiple recurrences. Ideally, immunotherapy would be adjunctive to first-line combination therapy with ASA/NSAID plus colchicine, with the goal of tapering and discontinuing immunosuppressive

  16. Anakinra: an emerging option for refractory idiopathic recurrent pericarditis: a systematic review of published evidence.

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    Lazaros, George; Imazio, Massimo; Brucato, Antonio; Vassilopoulos, Dimitrios; Vasileiou, Panagiotis; Gattorno, Marco; Tousoulis, Dimitrios; Martini, Alberto

    2016-04-01

    Accumulating evidence suggests idiopathic recurrent pericarditis as a disease of probable autoinflammatory origin, and thus anakinra could be of benefit. The goal of this systematic review was to assess the efficacy and safety of anakinra in this context. Reports relevant to anakinra administration in patients with idiopathic recurrent pericarditis published up to October 2014 were searched in several databases. All references found, upon initial assessment at title and abstract level for suitability, were consequently retrieved as full reports for further appraisal. Among 12 citations retrieved, nine reports (four case series and five case reports with 34 patients, 20 men, mean age 26.8 years) were assessed. The mean disease duration was 31 months and the number of recurrences 8.2. Anakinra was generally administered as a daily subcutaneous injection of 100 mg or as a mean dose of 1.1 mg/kg/d in weight-adjusted regimens. The mean full-dose duration was 9.2 months. C-reactive protein normalized within 7.1 days, and steroids were withdrawn within 62 days. Dose tapering was adopted in 64.7% of patients, leading to recurrence in 26% of cases. In a 28.3-month follow-up, eight out of 34 patients (23.5%) were disease free without treatment, after having received anakinra for 10.4 months overall. Anakinra was proved well tolerated, with mild local reaction being reported in 44% of patients. Anakinra is a highly effective, rapidly acting, well tolerated and steroid-sparing agent. Recurrences after drug discontinuation are a matter of concern. Randomized trials are required to confirm these findings and address the most effective treatment protocol.

  17. IL-33 Independently Induces Eosinophilic Pericarditis and Cardiac Dilation: ST2 Improves Cardiac Function

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    Abston, Eric D.; Barin, Jobert G.; Cihakova, Daniela; Bucek, Adriana; Coronado, Michael J.; Brandt, Jessica E.; Bedja, Djahida; Kim, Joseph B.; Georgakopoulos, Dimitrios; Gabrielson, Kathleen L.; Mitzner, Wayne; Fairweather, DeLisa

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    Background Interleukin (IL)-33 via its receptor ST2 protects the heart from myocardial infarct and hypertrophy in animal models, but paradoxically increases autoimmune disease. In this study we examined the effect of IL-33 or ST2 administration on autoimmune heart disease. Methods and Results We used pressure volume relationships and isoproterenol challenge to assess the effect of recombinant (r)IL-33 or rST2 (e.g. soluble ST2) administration on the development of autoimmune coxsackievirus (CVB3) myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in male BALB/c mice. rIL-33 treatment significantly increased acute perimyocarditis (p=0.006) and eosinophilia (p=1.3×10−5), impaired cardiac function (maximum ventricular power p=0.0002), and increased ventricular dilation (end diastolic volume p=0.01). rST2 treatment prevented eosinophilia and improved heart function compared to rIL-33 treatment (ejection fraction, p=0.009). Neither treatment altered viral replication. rIL-33 increased IL-4, IL-33, IL-1β and IL-6 levels in the heart during acute myocarditis. To determine whether IL-33 altered cardiac function on its own, we administered rIL-33 to undiseased mice and found that rIL-33 induced eosinophilic pericarditis and adversely affected heart function. We used cytokine knockout mice to determine that this effect was due to IL-33-mediated signaling but not IL-1β or IL-6. Conclusions We show for the first time that IL-33 induces eosinophilic pericarditis while sST2 prevents eosinophilia and improves systolic function, and that IL-33 independently adversely affects heart function via the IL-33 receptor. PMID:22454393

  18. Immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in the parietal pleura of patients with tuberculous pleurisy.

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    Caramori, Gaetano; Lasagna, Lisa; Casalini, Angelo G; Adcock, Ian M; Casolari, Paolo; Contoli, Marco; Tafuro, Federica; Padovani, Anna; Chung, Kian Fan; Barnes, Peter J; Papi, Alberto; Rindi, Guido; Bertorelli, Giuseppina

    2011-01-01

    The T lymphocyte-mediated immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in the parietal pleura of patients with tuberculous pleurisy is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the immune response in the parietal pleura of tuberculous pleurisy compared with nonspecific pleuritis. We have measured the numbers of inflammatory cells particularly T-cell subsets (Th1/Th2/Th17/Treg cells) in biopsies of parietal pleura obtained from 14 subjects with proven tuberculous pleurisy compared with a control group of 12 subjects with nonspecific pleuritis. The number of CD3+, CD4+ and CCR4+ cells and the expression of RORC2 mRNA were significantly increased in the tuberculous pleurisy patients compared with the nonspecific pleuritis subjects. The number of toluidine blue+ cells, tryptase+ cells and GATA-3+ cells was significantly decreased in the parietal pleura of patients with tuberculous pleurisy compared with the control group of nonspecific pleuritis subjects. Logistic regression with receiver operator characteristic (ROC) analysis for the three single markers was performed and showed a better performance for GATA-3 with a sensitivity of 75%, a specificity of 100% and an AUC of 0.88. There was no significant difference between the two groups of subjects in the number of CD8, CD68, neutrophil elastase, interferon (IFN)-γ, STAT4, T-bet, CCR5, CXCR3, CRTH2, STAT6 and FOXP3 positive cells. Elevated CD3, CD4, CCR4 and Th17 cells and decreased mast cells and GATA-3+ cells in the parietal pleura distinguish patients with untreated tuberculous pleurisy from those with nonspecific pleuritis.

  19. Misdiagnosis and clinical significance of non-tuberculous ...

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    Sep 9, 2011 ... Interventions: sputa from 872 tuberculosis suspects underwent microscopy and culture on solid and liquid media. The growth ... in this study, but some the ntM disease cases could have been misdiagnosed as tb cases. introduction ..... the prevention of tuberculosis in healthcare facilities in resource-limited ...

  20. tuberculous abdominal abscess in an hiv-infected man

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    Sep 1, 2010 ... muscle; it was suspected to be an abscess. There were also several small abscesses in the omentum, .... the United States, 1993-1998. JAMA 2000; 284: 2894-2900. 17. Reid A, Scano F, Getahun H, ... complaining of a 2-week history of fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, dysphagia and general malaise.

  1. Comparative characteristics of tuberculous pleurisy depending on HIV status

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    E. V. Korzh

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    Full Text Available Goal of the study: to study specific manifestations of tuberculous pleurisy in HIV patients, to evaluate the efficiency of video-assisted thoracoscopy when diagnosing tuberculous pleurisy in case of different HIV status of the patients.Materials and methods: 241 tuberculous pleurisy patients were examined. 88 – HIV positive (group 1, 153 – HIV negative (group 2. Average CD4 count in group 1 made 189 cells/mcl. The following parameters were compared in those groups: clinical and X-ray manifestations, microbiological, cytologic and biochemical rates in blood and effluent. 77 patients with isolated pleurisy (of them 33 HIV positive had video-assisted thoracoscopy with biopsy for diagnostic purposes. The data of histological examination of pleura, obtained through video-assisted thoracoscopy and autopsy have been presented.Results: tuberculous pleurisy with concurrent HIV infection is characterized by frequent occurrence of hemorrhagic effusion, scarce cellular sediment of effluent, expressed reduction of glucose level and increase of thymol test rates in effluent. Regardless of HIV status the frequency of tuberculous mycobacteria detection through microscopy and culture is low and does not exceed 10%. Histological testing of specimens obtained through video-assisted thoracoscopy allowed proving tuberculosis in all patients thus differentiating tuberculous changes from metastases. Thus video-assisted thoracoscopy can be recommended for diagnostics of difficult cases of tuberculous pleurisy regardless of HIV status.From morphological point of view tuberculous pleurisy was characterized by specific granulomas which were presented by lymphoid and epithelioid cells with Pirogov-Langhans cells with minor caseous necrosis in the center (9.1% or its complete absence (90.9%. 

  2. Fatal Tuberculous Myositis in an Immunocompromised Adult With Primary Sjögren's Syndrome

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    Chi-Chang Huang

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    Full Text Available Tuberculous myositis, which mimics rheumatic symptoms, is an extremely rare disease. Clinical ambiguity easily leads to misdiagnosis and delayed initial treatment. We present the case of a 55-year-old man who had primary Sjögren's syndrome and active cutaneous vasculitis treated with steroid and immunosuppressive drugs. He presented with a swollen, painful, hot left thigh. Although anti-tuberculosis medications were administered soon after a positive acid-fast stain of incisional muscular tissue, he died of rapidly progressive tuberculous myositis and multiorgan failure following 18 days of hospitalization. This case is presented to increase the awareness of this rare entity in clinical practice.

  3. Comparison of characteristics of patients and treatment outcome for pulmonary non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection and pulmonary tuberculosis.

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    Al Jarad, N; Demertzis, P; Jones, D J; Barnes, N C; Rudd, R M; Gaya, H; Wedzicha, J A; Hughes, D T; Empey, D W

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    Patients with non-tuberculous mycobacteria are usually started on conventional antituberculous triple therapy once acid fast bacilli are detected, before the exact type of mycobacteria has been identified. The ability to identify the characteristics of patients with tuberculous and non-tuberculous mycobacteria may be helpful in identifying before treatment those patients more likely to have non-tuberculous infection. A retrospective study was conducted of all patients in one unit in whom non-tuberculous mycobacteria were identified in sputum or bronchoalveolar washings in the period 1987-93. The pattern of drug resistance was determined from laboratory records, and all case notes and chest radiographs were reviewed to identify the underlying disease and treatment outcome. All cases were compared with a matched control group of patients with culture positive Mycobacterium tuberculosis diagnosed during the same period. In the period studied there were 70 non-tuberculous and 221 tuberculous isolates. The non-tuberculous bacteria were typed as follows: M xenopi 23 (33%), M kansasii 19 (27%), M fortuitum 14 (20%), others 14 (20%). Of those with non-tuberculous mycobacteria, 83% were white subjects compared with 47% for tuberculosis. Patients with non-tuberculous mycobacteria were older than those with tuberculosis. Pre-existing lung disease or AIDS was present in 81% of patients with non-tuberculous mycobacteria and in 17% of patients with tuberculosis. Sensitivity to rifampicin and ethambutol was seen in 95% of M xenopi and 96% of M kansasii isolates. Relapse occurred in 60% of cases infected with M xenopi, 20% infected with M kansasii, and in 7% of cases with tuberculosis. In the population studied non-tuberculous mycobacteria occurred most frequently in elderly white subjects with pre-existing lung disease. If mycobacteria are detected in this group, consideration should be given to the possibility of non-tuberculous infection before embarking on treatment. A

  4. Pericarditis - constrictive

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    ... are similar to other conditions such as restrictive cardiomyopathy and cardiac tamponade . Your health care provider will need to rule out these conditions when making a diagnosis. A physical exam may show that your neck ...

  5. Chronic Pericarditis

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    ... Drug Interactions Pill Identifier Commonly searched drugs Aspirin Metformin Warfarin Tramadol Lactulose Ranitidine News & Commentary Recent News ... the abnormal pericardium interferes with the heart's pumping action, so that the heart cannot pump enough blood ...

  6. Acute Pericarditis

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    ... pleuritic pain (pain due to inflammation of the pleura, which are the membranes covering the lungs), pleural effusion (fluid between the two layers of the pleura), and joint pain. In 15 to 25 percent ...

  7. Modeling tuberculous meningitis in zebrafish using Mycobacterium marinum

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    Lisanne M. van Leeuwen

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    Full Text Available Tuberculous meningitis (TBM is one of the most severe extrapulmonary manifestations of tuberculosis, with a high morbidity and mortality. Characteristic pathological features of TBM are Rich foci, i.e. brain- and spinal-cord-specific granulomas formed after hematogenous spread of pulmonary tuberculosis. Little is known about the early pathogenesis of TBM and the role of Rich foci. We have adapted the zebrafish model of Mycobacterium marinum infection (zebrafish–M. marinum model to study TBM. First, we analyzed whether TBM occurs in adult zebrafish and showed that intraperitoneal infection resulted in granuloma formation in the meninges in 20% of the cases, with occasional brain parenchyma involvement. In zebrafish embryos, bacterial infiltration and clustering of infected phagocytes was observed after infection at three different inoculation sites: parenchyma, hindbrain ventricle and caudal vein. Infection via the bloodstream resulted in the formation of early granulomas in brain tissue in 70% of the cases. In these zebrafish embryos, infiltrates were located in the proximity of blood vessels. Interestingly, no differences were observed when embryos were infected before or after early formation of the blood-brain barrier (BBB, indicating that bacteria are able to cross this barrier with relatively high efficiency. In agreement with this observation, infected zebrafish larvae also showed infiltration of the brain tissue. Upon infection of embryos with an M. marinum ESX-1 mutant, only small clusters and scattered isolated phagocytes with high bacterial loads were present in the brain tissue. In conclusion, our adapted zebrafish–M. marinum infection model for studying granuloma formation in the brain will allow for the detailed analysis of both bacterial and host factors involved in TBM. It will help solve longstanding questions on the role of Rich foci and potentially contribute to the development of better diagnostic tools and therapeutics.

  8. Taponamiento cardiaco secundario a pericarditis tuberculosa aguda en un paciente joven, no asociado a inmunosupresión

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    Hugo A. Paez Ardila

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    Full Text Available La pericarditis tuberculosa representa un pequeño porcentaje de la tuberculosis extrapulmonar, cuyo diagnóstico aún constituye un reto por la variabilidad en su presentación. La terapia antimicrobiana dirigida es el pilar del tratamiento, el cual debe seguirse de manera cercana para evaluar las complicaciones asociadas. A continuación presentamos el caso de un hombre de 25 años de edad, previamente sano, quien cursó con el taponamiento cardiaco y la falla cardiaca aguda secundaria a la pericarditis tuberculosa, cuyo diagnóstico y factores de confusión jugaron un papel importante en el desarrollo del caso.

  9. Higher fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) uptake in tuberculous compared to bacterial spondylodiscitis

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    Bassetti, Matteo; Merelli, Maria; Della Siega, Paola; Righi, Elda [Santa Maria della Misericordia University Hospital, Infectious Diseases Division, Udine (Italy); Di Gregorio, Fernando [Santa Maria della Misericordia University Hospital, Microbiology Unit, Udine (Italy); Screm, Maria; Scarparo, Claudio [Santa Maria della Misericordia University Hospital, Radiology Unit, Udine (Italy)

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    Tuberculous spondylodiscitis can be difficult to diagnose because of its nonspecific symptoms and the similarities with non-tubercular forms of spinal infection. Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (FDG PET-CT) is increasingly used for the diagnosis and monitoring of tubercular diseases. Retrospective, case-control study comparing tuberculous spondylodiscitis with biopsy-confirmed pyogenic spondylodiscitis in the period 2010-2012. Ten cases of tuberculous spondylodiscitis and 20 controls were included. Compared to pyogenic, tuberculous spondylodiscitis was more frequent in younger patients (P = 0.01) and was more often associated with thoraco-lumbar tract lesions (P = 0.01) and multiple vertebral involvement (P = 0.01). Significantly higher maximum standardized uptake values (SUV) at FDG-PET were displayed by tuberculous spondylodiscitis compared to controls (12.4 vs. 7.3, P = 0.003). SUV levels above 8 showed the highest value of specificity (0.80). Mean SUV reduction of 48% was detected for tuberculous spondylodiscitis at 1-month follow-up. Higher SUV levels at FDG-PET were detected in tuberculous compared with pyogenic spondylodiscitis. PET-CT use appeared useful in the disease follow-up after treatment initiation. (orig.)

  10. Suspected levamisole intoxication in calves.

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    Müller, K R; Dwyer, C

    2016-07-01

    A group of 32 Friesian and four Hereford calves, 3-4 months old with body weights between 100-120 kg, were purchased from a weaner sale. On arrival at the property the Hereford calves were treated with a combination anthelmintic containing 2 g/L abamectin and 80 g/L levamisole hydrochloride. Shortly afterwards they developed tremors and frothing from the mouth, and two died overnight. The Friesian calves were treated with the same anthelmintic on the following day, when some showed hypersalivation and frothing from the mouth. Examination of the three most severely affected Friesian calves revealed severe nicotinic-type symptoms including hypersalivation, frothing from the mouth, muscle tremors, recumbency, rapid respiration, hyperaesthesia, and central nervous system depression. Other calves showed mild to moderate signs of intoxication including restlessness, tail switching, salivation, tremors, frequent defaecation, mild colic and jaw chomping. Two calves died shortly afterwards. An adverse drug event investigation revealed that the formulation and quality of the anthelmintic was within the correct specification, and that the drench gun was functioning correctly. Suspected levamisole intoxication due to a combination of possible overdosing, dehydration, and stress caused by transportation and prolonged yarding. Susceptibility to levamisole toxicity in New Zealand calves can be increased if factors like dehydration or stress are present. Levamisole has a narrow margin of safety, and overdosing in calves can easily occur if the dose rate is not based on their actual weight or health status.

  11. Microbiological criteria in non-tuberculous mycobacteria pulmonary disease: a tool for diagnosis and epidemiology

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    Jankovic, M.; Sabol, I.; Zmak, L.; Jankovic, V.K.; Jakopovic, M.; Obrovac, M.; Ticac, B.; Bulat, L.K.; Grle, S.P.; Marekovic, I.; Samarzija, M.; Ingen, J. van

    2016-01-01

    SETTING: The value of microbiological criteria in diagnosing non-tuberculous mycobacteria pulmonary disease (NTM-PD) and monitoring its epidemiology is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To correlate the rate of NTM-PD based on microbiological criteria (American Thoracic Society/Infectious Diseases Society of

  12. The Importance of Computed Tomography Findings in Detecting Tuberculous Addison's Disease

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    Sara Ferreira

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Addison’s disease is an endocrine disorder characterized by primary adrenal insufficiency due to various causes. Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection was a major cause in the past but is rare nowadays. We describe a patient admitted to our hospital who was diagnosed with tuberculous Addison’s disease.

  13. Clinical and microbiological features of HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis in Vietnamese adults

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    Torok, M. Estee; Chau, Tran Thi Hong; Mai, Pham Phuong; Phong, Nguyen Duy; Dung, Nguyen Thi; Chuong, Ly Van; Lee, Sue J.; Caws, M.; de Jong, Menno D.; Hien, Tran Tinh; Farrar, Jeremy J.

    2008-01-01

    METHODS: The aim of this prospective, observational cohort study was to determine the clinical and microbiological features, outcome, and baseline variables predictive of death, in Vietnamese adults with HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis (TBM). 58 patients were admitted to the Hospital for

  14. Recurrent Attacks of Raised Intracranial Pressure in Case of Tuberculous Arachnoiditis

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    N. O. Ameli

    1960-01-01

    Full Text Available A ase of recurre'nt raised interacranial pressure is described. At operation posterio-rcfossa arachnoiditis was found. Histological examination suggested a Tuberculous etiology. Four months after the operation she died from an apparently acute tuberculoua meningiti

  15. Geographical distribution and clinical relevance of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in Croatia

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    Jankovic, M.; Samarzija, M.; Sabol, I.; Jakopovic, M.; Katalinic Jankovic, V.; Zmak, L.; Ticac, B.; Marusic, A.; Obrovac, M.; Ingen, J. van

    2013-01-01

    SETTING: The clinical relevance of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in Croatia is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the isolation rate of NTM, record geographical differences and assess the burden of pulmonary NTM disease in Croatia. DESIGN: Nationwide retrospective cohort study of all Croatian

  16. Spontaneous oesophageal perforation due to mediastinal tuberculous lymphadenitis - atypical presentation of tuberculosis.

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    Desai C

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Spontaneous non-traumatic oesophageal perforation secondary to bursting of a mediastinal tuberculous abscess into the oesophagus is rare. The diagnosis is delayed, as perforation remains localised due to mediastinal lymph nodes. Patient can be effectively managed by paraoesophageal drainage of the mediastinal abscess and oesophageal diversion.

  17. Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in Zambia: prevalence, clinical, radiological and microbiological characteristics

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    Chanda-Kapata, Pascalina; Kapata, Nathan; Klinkenberg, Eveline; Mulenga, Lutinala; Tembo, Mathias; Katemangwe, Patrick; Sunkutu, Veronica; Mwaba, Peter; Grobusch, Martin P.

    2015-01-01

    Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection is an emerging health problem. We present here the Zambia-specific national level data of prevalence, symptomatic, radiological and microbiological characteristics of NTM, using results from a national Tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey. This was a

  18. Clinical relevance of non-tuberculous mycobacteria isolated in the Nijmegen-Arnhem region, The Netherlands.

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    Ingen, J. van; Bendien, S.A.; Lange, W.C.M. de; Hoefsloot, W.; Dekhuijzen, P.N.R.; Boeree, M.J.; Soolingen, D. van

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The frequency of clinical isolation of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in the Netherlands is increasing, but its clinical relevance is often uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To assess the frequency and clinical relevance of isolation of NTM in four associated hospitals in a single region in the

  19. Isolation of non-tuberculous mycobacteria at three rural settings in Zambia; a pilot study.

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    Buijtels, P.C.; Sande, M.A. van der; Parkinson, S.; Verbrugh, H.A.; Petit, P.L.; Soolingen, D. van

    2010-01-01

    To assess the role of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) as a cause of tuberculosis-like diseases in Zambia, 167 chronically ill patients, hospitalized in three rural hospitals in Katete, Sesheke and Chilonga, were examined by microscopy and liquid culture for the presence of NTM. The percentages of

  20. High Rates of Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria Isolation in Mozambican Children with Presumptive Tuberculosis

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    Lopez-Varela, E.; Garcia-Basteiro, A.L.; Augusto, O.J.; Fraile, O.; Bulo, H.; Ira, T.; Gondo, K.; Ingen, J. van; Naniche, D.; Sacarlal, J.; Alonso, P.L.

    2017-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) can cause disease which can be clinically and radiologically undistinguishable from tuberculosis (TB), posing a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge in high TB settings. We aim to describe the prevalence of NTM isolation and its clinical

  1. Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic analysis of an intensified regimen containing rifampicin and moxifloxacin for tuberculous meningitis

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    Brake, L.H. te; Dian, S.; Ganiem, A.R.; Ruesen, C.J.; Burger, D.M.; Donders, R.; Ruslami, R.; Crevel, R. van; Aarnoutse, R.

    2015-01-01

    Recent data suggest that intensified antimicrobial treatment may improve the outcome of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). Considering that drug exposure is the intermediate link between dose and effect, we examined the concentration-response relationship for rifampicin and moxifloxacin in TBM patients.

  2. Improved sensitivity of nucleic acid amplification for rapid diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis

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    Johansen, Isik Somuncu; Lundgren, Bettina; Tabak, Fehmi

    2004-01-01

    Early diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is essential for a positive outcome; but present microbiological diagnostic techniques are insensitive, slow, or laborious. We evaluated the standard BDProbeTec ET strand displacement amplification method (the standard ProbeTec method) for the detec...

  3. Evaluation of polymerase chain reaction using primer MPB 64 for diagnosis of clinically suspected cases of extrapulmonary tuberculosis

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    Dnyaneshwari P. Ghadage

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pulmonary tuberculosis can be easily diagnosed by simple techniques such as microscopy. However, extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB often presents a diagnostic dilemma. Microscopy and culture have proved to be insensitive techniques for diagnosis of EPTB. There is an urgent need for rapid and sensitive diagnostic methods. Aim: The present study was conducted to evaluate the role of polymerase chain reaction (PCR in the early diagnosis of clinically suspected cases of EPTB. Materials and Methods: A total of 80 clinical specimens comprising pleural fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, ascitic fluid, fine-needle aspiration biopsy, and pus and biopsy from clinically suspected EPTB cases were processed and followed up by conventional methods and PCR using MPB64 primer. Results: Tuberculous pleural effusion (71% was found to be the most common clinical presentation of EPTB. Overall, PCR could detect EPTB in 61.2% cases. Microscopy and culture could detect 18.7% and 22.5% EPTB cases, respectively. PCR was positive in all tissue samples suggestive of tuberculosis on histopathological examination. Of the 62 EPTB patients who responded to antituberculosis treatment (ATT, 49 patients were PCR positive. Conclusion: PCR using MPB64 had a significant advantage over the conventional methods to detect the presence of M. tuberculosis in specimens of clinically suspected EPTB patients for early diagnosis of tuberculosis.

  4. The application of IS6110-baced loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) in the early diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis.

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    Sun, Wen-Wen; Sun, Qin; Yan, Li-Ping; Zhang, Qing

    2017-08-22

    Here, we evaluated the potential activity of rapid Mycobacterium tuberculosis detection with loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), for the early diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). Patients with suspected TBM from January 2014 to December 2015 were reviewed retrospectively. The cerebrospinalfluid(CSF) was collected. Acid-fast bacillus (AFB) staining, MGIT 960 culture, real-time fluorescent quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RTFQ PCR) and LAMP were performed. A total of 200 patients were included in the study. Of which, 172 of them were diagnosed with TBM (86.00%). The sensitivities of AFB staining, MGIT 960 culture, LAMP and RTFQ PCR for TBM diagnosis were 2.91% (5/172), 12.79% (22/172), 43.02% (74/172), and 34.30% (59/172), respectively. The sensitivity of LAMP for TBM was significantly higher than those of AFB staining and MGIT960 culture (χ2 = 75.11, P LAMP's sensitivity was however comparable to RTFQ PCR assay (χ2 = 2.08, P = 0.130). The specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of LAMP in the diagnosis of TBM were 92.86% (26/28), 97.37% (74/76) and 20.97 % (26/124), respectively. The overall consistency between LAMP and RTFQ PCR in the diagnosis of TBM was 88.5% (177/200), with Kappa value of 0.870. The consistency between LAMP and MGIT960 culture was 71% (142/200), with Kappa value of 0.730. Among all the methods, LAMP had high sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value, showing high consistency with MGIT960 culture and RTFQ PCR.

  5. GeneXpert MTB/RIF Assay for the Diagnosis of Tuberculous Lymphadenitis on Concentrated Fine Needle Aspirates in High Tuberculosis Burden Settings.

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    Mulualem Tadesse

    Full Text Available The diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis (TBL remains challenging. The routinely used methods (cytology and smear microscopy have sub-optimal sensitivity. Recently, WHO recommends GeneXpert to be used as the initial diagnostic test in patients suspected of having extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB. However, this was a conditional recommendation due to very low-quality evidence available and more studies are needed. In this study we evaluated the performance of Xpert for the diagnosis of TBL on concentrated fine needle aspirates (FNA in Southwest Ethiopia.FNA was collected from presumptive TBL cases. Two smears were prepared from each aspirate and processed for cytology and conventional microscopy. The remaining aspirate was treated with N-acetyl-L-cysteine-NaOH and centrifuged for 15minutes at 3000g. The concentrated sediment was used for culture and Xpert test. Capilia TB-Neo test was used to differentiate M. tuberculosis complex (MTBC from non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM. Composite bacteriological methods (culture and/or smear microscopy were considered as a reference standard.Out of 143 enrolled suspects, 64.3% (92/143 were confirmed TBL cases by the composite reference standard (CRS. Xpert detected M. tuberculosis complex (MTBC in 60.1% (86/143 of the presumptive TBL cases. The sensitivity of Xpert compared to CRS was 87.8% [95% CI: 81.0-94.5] and specificity 91.1% [95% CI: 82.8-99.4]. The sensitivity was 27.8% for smear microscopy and 80% for cytology compared to CRS. Cytology showed the lowest specificity (57.8%. Xpert was positive in 4 out of 45 culture- and smear-negative cases. Among 47 cytomorphologically non-TBL cases, 15 were positive on Xpert. More than half of Xpert-positive cases were in the range of very low cut-off threshold values (28

  6. Surgical Management of Syringomyelia Associated with Spinal Adhesive Arachnoiditis, a Late Complication of Tuberculous Meningitis: A Case Report.

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    Lee, Jun Seok; Song, Geun Sung; Son, Dong Wuk

    2017-04-01

    Syringomyelia associated with tuberculous meningitis is an extremely rare condition. Only a few studies have reported clinical experience with syringomyelia as a late complication of tuberculous meningitis. Twenty-six years after a tuberculous meningitis episode, a 44-year-old man presented with progressively worsening spastic paresis of the lower limbs and impaired urinary function for 2 years. Radiological examination revealed syringomyelia extending from the level of C2 to T9 and arachnoiditis with atrophy of the spinal cord between C2 and T3. We performed laminectomy from C7 to T1, dissected the arachnoid adhesion and placed a syringo-pleural shunt via keyhole myelotomy. One year after the operation, his neurological condition improved. The postoperative control magnetic resonance imaging revealed the correctly located shunt and significantly diminished syringomyelia cavities. We aim to discuss the mechanism of syrinx formation following tuberculous meningitis and to share our surgical therapeutic experience with this rare disease entity.

  7. Surgical Management of Syringomyelia Associated with Spinal Adhesive Arachnoiditis, a Late Complication of Tuberculous Meningitis: A Case Report

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    Lee, Jun Seok; Son, Dong Wuk

    2017-01-01

    Syringomyelia associated with tuberculous meningitis is an extremely rare condition. Only a few studies have reported clinical experience with syringomyelia as a late complication of tuberculous meningitis. Twenty-six years after a tuberculous meningitis episode, a 44-year-old man presented with progressively worsening spastic paresis of the lower limbs and impaired urinary function for 2 years. Radiological examination revealed syringomyelia extending from the level of C2 to T9 and arachnoiditis with atrophy of the spinal cord between C2 and T3. We performed laminectomy from C7 to T1, dissected the arachnoid adhesion and placed a syringo-pleural shunt via keyhole myelotomy. One year after the operation, his neurological condition improved. The postoperative control magnetic resonance imaging revealed the correctly located shunt and significantly diminished syringomyelia cavities. We aim to discuss the mechanism of syrinx formation following tuberculous meningitis and to share our surgical therapeutic experience with this rare disease entity. PMID:28512616

  8. Validation of biomarkers for distinguishing Mycobacterium tuberculosis from non-tuberculous mycobacteria using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and chemometrics.

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    Dang, N.A.; Kuijper, S.; Walters, E.; Claassens, M.; Soolingen, D. van; Vivo-Truyols, G.; Janssen, H.G.; Kolk, A.H.J.

    2013-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major international health problem. Rapid differentiation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTB) from non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is critical for decisions regarding patient management and choice of therapeutic regimen. Recently we developed a 20-compound

  9. Validation of Biomarkers for Distinguishing Mycobacterium tuberculosis from Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and Chemometrics

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    Dang, N.A.; Kuijper, S.; Walters, E.; Claassens, M.; van Soolingen, D.; Vivo-Truyols, G.; Janssen, H.-G.; Kolk, A.H.J.

    2013-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major international health problem. Rapid differentiation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTB) from non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is critical for decisions regarding patient management and choice of therapeutic regimen. Recently we developed a 20-compound

  10. Paradoxical Deterioration During Anti-Tuberculous Therapy in Non-HIV-Infected Patients with Pleural Tuberculosis: A Pragmatic Approach

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    Luis Corral-Gudino

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of paradoxical deterioration. A male patient diagnosed with pleural tuberculosis, but who was not infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, experienced clinical deterioration 3 weeks after the initiation of anti-tuberculous treatment. After other diagnoses were ruled out, a paradoxical response to treatment was established and the patient was started on systemic corticosteroids. Paradoxical response to treatment should be considered in patients with clinical deterioration after they start on anti-tuberculous treatment.

  11. Reversible Myocarditis and Pericarditis after Black Widow Spider Bite or Kounis Syndrome?

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    Mehmet Yaman

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Clinical manifestation of black widow spider bite is variable and occasionally leads to death in rural areas. Cases of myocarditis and pericarditis after black widow spider bite are rare and the associated prognostic significance is unknown. Kounis syndrome has been defined as an acute coronary syndrome in the setting of allergic or hypersensitivity and anaphylactic or anaphylactoid insults that manifests as vasospastic angina or acute myocardial infarction or stent thrombosis. Allergic myocarditis is caused by myocardial inflammation triggered by infectious pathogens, toxic, ischemic, or mechanical injuries, such as drug-related inflammation and other immune reactions. A 15-year-old child was admitted to the emergency department with pulmonary edema after spider bite. ST segment depression on ECG, elevated cardiac enzymes and global left ventricular hypokinesia (with ejection fraction of 22%, and local pericardial effusion findings confirmed the diagnosis of myopericarditis. After heart failure and pulmonary edema oriented medical therapy, clinical status improved. Patient showed a progressive improvement and LV functions returned to normal on the sixth day. Myopericarditis complicating spider bite is rare and sometimes fatal. The mechanism is not clearly known. Alpha-latrotoxin of the black widow spider is mostly convicted in these cases. But allergy or hypersensitivity may play a role in myocardial damage.

  12. Effect of Right Heart Systolic Function on Outcomes in Patients with Constrictive Pericarditis Undergoing Pericardiectomy

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    Xue Lin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: To determine the influence of right ventricular function in patients with constrictive pericarditis (CP undergoing surgery and to compare the outcomes of patients who received surgery with those managed medically. Methods: Patients with the diagnosis of CP and healthy volunteers were recruited from January 2006 to November 2011. Patients with CP chose to either receive pericardiectomy or medical management. Echocardiographic measurements were performed to evaluate heart function, and survival was recorded. Results: A total of 58 patients with CP (36 received pericardiectomy, 22 managed medically, and 43 healthy volunteers were included. CP patients who received surgery had a higher survival rate than those managed medically (P = 0.003, and higher survival was also seen in the subgroup of CP patients with severely impaired right systolic function. Albumin level, left ventricular end-diastolic dimension, and tricuspid regurgitation velocity were associated with survival in CP patients who received surgery. Conclusions: Preoperative right heart function does not affect surgical outcomes. Patients with severely impaired preoperative right systolic function obtain a greater survival advantage with surgery than with medical treatment.

  13. Cardiac biomarkers and ultrasonography as tools in prediction and diagnosis of traumatic pericarditis in Egyptian buffaloes

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    Noura E. Attia

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Aim: This study was designed to evaluate the cardiac biomarkers and ultrasonography in prediction and early diagnosis of traumatic pericarditis (TP in Egyptian buffaloes. Materials and Methods: A total number of 47 buffaloes were included in the study and divided into two groups: Healthy (n=10 and diseased groups (n=37. Diseased buffaloes were admitted to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Zagazig University, Egypt, with a history of anorexia, sudden, and severe reduction of milk production with no response to a previous medical treatment some animals had edema at the dewlap and congestion of the jugulars. These animals were subjected to clinical examination, evaluation by hemato-biochemical analysis including cardiac biomarkers and sonography. Results: The hemato-biochemical analysis revealed leukocytosis with a shift to left and hyperfibrinogenemia (indicating inflammation. Serum cardiac biomarkers including cardiac troponin I (cTnI, cTnT, nitric oxide, creatine kinase myocardial band, and lactic dehydrogenase enzyme were significantly increased in buffaloes with TP compared with control ones. Ultrasonographically, there were hypoechoic materials with echogenic fibrin interspersed in between the pericardial sac. Conclusions: The cardiac biomarkers may be considered a useful index in the early diagnosis of TP. Moreover, ultrasonography is an excellent tool for early prediction and diagnosis of such condition.

  14. The Role of Endocarditis, Myocarditis and Pericarditis in Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis

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    Schöffel, Norman; Vitzthum, Karin; Mache, Stefanie; Groneberg, David A.; Quarcoo, David

    2009-01-01

    The current study is the first scientometric analysis of research activity and output in the field of inflammatory disorders of the heart (endo-, myo- and pericarditis). Scientometric methods are used to compare scientific performance on national and on international scale to identify single areas of research interest. Interest and research productivity in inflammatory diseases of the heart have increased since 1990. The majority of publications about inflammatory heart disorders were published in Western Europe and North America. The United States of America had a leading position in terms of research productivity and quality; half of the most productive authors in this study came from American institutions. The analysis of international cooperation revealed research activity in countries that are less established in the field of inflammatory heart disorder research, such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. These results indicate that future research of heart inflammation may no longer be influenced predominantly by a small number of countries. Furthermore, this study revealed weaknesses in currently established scientometric parameters (i.e., h-index, impact factor) that limit their suitability as measures of research quality. In this respect, self-citations should be generally excluded from calculations of h-index and impact factor. PMID:20049235

  15. The Role of Endocarditis, Myocarditis and Pericarditis in Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis

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    David A. Groneberg

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The current study is the first scientometric analysis of research activity and output in the field of inflammatory disorders of the heart (endo-, myo- and pericarditis. Scientometric methods are used to compare scientific performance on national and on international scale to identify single areas of research interest. Interest and research productivity in inflammatory diseases of the heart have increased since 1990. The majority of publications about inflammatory heart disorders were published in Western Europe and North America. The United States of America had a leading position in terms of research productivity and quality; half of the most productive authors in this study came from American institutions. The analysis of international cooperation revealed research activity in countries that are less established in the field of inflammatory heart disorder research, such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. These results indicate that future research of heart inflammation may no longer be influenced predominantly by a small number of countries. Furthermore, this study revealed weaknesses in currently established scientometric parameters (i.e., h-index, impact factor that limit their suitability as measures of research quality. In this respect, self-citations should be generally excluded from calculations of h-index and impact factor.

  16. New observations from MR velocity-encoded flow measurements concerning diastolic function in constrictive pericarditis

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    Bauner, Kerstin; Horng, A.; Reiser, M.; Huber, A. [Ludwig-Maximilian University, Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals-Campus Grosshadern, Munich (Germany); Schmitz, Ch. [Ludwig-Maximilian University, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospitals-Campus Grosshadern, Munich (Germany)

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    To assess diastolic function in patients with constrictive pericarditis (CP) by using velocity-encoded flow measurements at the atrioventricular valves and to evaluate whether conclusions regarding increased ventricular pressure can be drawn. Twenty-two patients with CP and 20 healthy subjects were examined on a 1.5-T MR system. In addition to evaluation of pericardial thickness, ventricular volumes and septal movement, velocity-encoded flow measurements were performed at the level of the atrioventricular valves for assessment of diastolic function. Amplitudes of the e- and a-waves were measured and e- to a-wave ratios were calculated. The correlation of transtricuspid e- to a-wave ratios and right ventricular end-diastolic pressures (RVEDP) was calculated. Right ventricular volumes were significantly smaller in patients with CP (p < 0.001). Abnormal septal movement was detected in all patients except one with CP and in none of the healthy subjects. In patients with CP mean transtricuspid e- to a-wave ratios were significantly smaller compared with healthy subjects. Individual transtricuspid e- to a-wave ratios were highly correlated with RVEDP (r = 0.6, p = 0.01). An elaborate MR examination can identify patients with CP. Velocity-encoded flow measurements with calculation of transtricuspid e- to a-wave ratios are a valuable tool for detection of diastolic dysfunction in patients with CP. The value of e- to a-wave ratios may indicate elevated RVEDP. (orig.)

  17. Effect of Right Heart Systolic Function on Outcomes in Patients with Constrictive Pericarditis Undergoing Pericardiectomy

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    Lin, Xue; Xu, Rui-Yi; Liu, Jian-Zhou; Chen, Wei; Chen, Lian-Feng; Yang, Peng-Hua; Fang, Li-Gang

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    Background: To determine the influence of right ventricular function in patients with constrictive pericarditis (CP) undergoing surgery and to compare the outcomes of patients who received surgery with those managed medically. Methods: Patients with the diagnosis of CP and healthy volunteers were recruited from January 2006 to November 2011. Patients with CP chose to either receive pericardiectomy or medical management. Echocardiographic measurements were performed to evaluate heart function, and survival was recorded. Results: A total of 58 patients with CP (36 received pericardiectomy, 22 managed medically), and 43 healthy volunteers were included. CP patients who received surgery had a higher survival rate than those managed medically (P = 0.003), and higher survival was also seen in the subgroup of CP patients with severely impaired right systolic function. Albumin level, left ventricular end-diastolic dimension, and tricuspid regurgitation velocity were associated with survival in CP patients who received surgery. Conclusions: Preoperative right heart function does not affect surgical outcomes. Patients with severely impaired preoperative right systolic function obtain a greater survival advantage with surgery than with medical treatment. PMID:26830985

  18. Pelvic tuberculous granuloma successfully treated with laparoscopy to preserve fertility: a case report and review of the published work.

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    Nakahara, Tatsuo; Iwase, Akira; Mori, Masahiko; Kondo, Mika; Goto, Maki; Kikkawa, Fumitaka

    2014-06-01

    Tuberculous granuloma must be considered in the differential diagnosis of pelvic masses in women of reproductive age because the major sequela of pelvic tuberculosis is infertility; however, currently there is very little information about its fertility-preserving treatment. We report the case of a woman with a history of tuberculous peritonitis who referred to our hospital for evaluation of an adnexal mass and primary infertility. The patient underwent excision of pelvic tuberculous granuloma with fertility-preserving laparoscopic surgery. We resected as much of the tuberculous granuloma as possible using the laparoscopic technique without causing damage to the uterus or ovaries. In particular, we report for the first time in the published work the laparoscopic removal of tuberculous granuloma without causing damage to the uterus or ovaries. Our experience from this case suggests that laparoscopic diagnosis and treatment of tuberculous granuloma is a feasible procedure in a patient who wants to conceive. © 2014 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2014 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  19. Purulent pericarditis secondary to community-acquired, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in previously healthy children. A sign of the times?

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    Lutmer, Jeffrey E; Yates, Andrew R; Bannerman, Tammy L; Marcon, Mario J; Karsies, Todd J

    2013-06-01

    Purulent pericarditis secondary to community-acquired, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is a potentially lethal infection that has yet to be described in the pediatric population. Only four cases of purulent pericarditis secondary to CA-MRSA have been described in the English literature, all of whom were adults. We report on the first two pediatric cases of purulent pericarditis secondary to CA-MRSA to increase awareness of this potentially fatal condition. Clinical data were obtained from an 8-year-old male patient and a 7-month-old female patient, both previously healthy, who presented to our hospital for treatment of severe shock and multiorgan failure. Literature review was performed using MEDLINE and Cochrane databases. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis was performed to confirm the organism type. Our previously healthy patients presented with refractory shock and were found to have purulent pericarditis with tamponade secondary to CA-MRSA. Both patients required emergent pericardiocentesis and surgical pericardial debridement. Isolates from both patients were found to be MRSA USA type 300, a common type of CA-MRSA that has become the most frequent cause of skin and soft tissue infections in the United States. Purulent pericarditis survival hinges upon early empiric antibiotic therapy targeting resistant Staphylococcus, rapid diagnostic efforts, and expeditious pericardial drainage when diagnosed. An aggressive multidisciplinary approach provided for complete recovery in both cases, and both children were discharged with normal cardiac function. These two cases emphasize the need for consideration of CA-MRSA presenting with purulent pericarditis as an etiology for refractory shock.

  20. A case of suspect “cyanosis”

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    Elisabetta Antonucci; Matteo Conte; Michele Di Pumpo; Giuseppe Antonucci

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    CLINICAL CASE A 70-year old woman was admitted to our hospital because of fever, asthenia and a suspected stroke. Her medical history showed a congenital cardiopathy (Patent Foramen Ovale, PFO). Skin and oral mucosa pigmentation, orthostatic hypotension, hypoglycemia and hyponatriemia arose the suspect of Addison’s disease. The diagnosis was confirmed by the evaluation of basal levels of plasma ACTH and serum cortisol, and serum cortisol levels after ACTH stimulation. Abdominal CT scan showed...

  1. Radionuclide angiography and magnetic resonance imaging: complementary non-invasive methods in the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis

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    Furber, A. [Department of Cardiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 49 - Angers (France); Pezard, P. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 49 - Angers (France); Le Jeune, J.J. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 49 - Angers (France); Geslin, P. [Department of Cardiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 49 - Angers (France); Tadei, A. [Department of Cardiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 49 - Angers (France); Jallet, P. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 49 - Angers (France)

    1995-11-01

    In this study of 15 patients with pure isolated constrictive pericarditis, we attempted to evaluate the diagnostic value of two non-invasive methods not usually employed in this indication: radionuclide angiography (RNA) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Whilst RNA permits analysis of the functional pattern of the global and segmental left ventricular filling impairment, MRI allows measurement of the thickness of the pericardium. RNA revealed increased early distolic filling as evidenced by a shorter one-third filling time (TF1/3; P < 0.0001 with respect to a normal population), a higher peak filling rate (PFR; P < 0.01) and its early occurrence (P < 0.001), increased one-third and mid diastolic filling fractions (P < 0.01), and the ratio of the PFR over the peak ejection rate (P < 0.01). During late diastole, the atrial filling fraction decreased (NS). The patients with constrictive pericarditis also showed a decrease in the physiological filling asynchrony, as assessed by segmental evaluations. Seven patients underwent MRI. The pericardium was thickened in all the patients, varying from 6 to 14 mm (normal: 2.5 {+-} 0.7 mm), without any systolo-diastolic variation. Pericardial thickening appeared as a dark low-intensity signal band, demonstrating the fibrocalcific nature of the pericardial contents. Sagittal and coronal cross-sections were particularly well-suited to show the non-uniformity of the pericardial thickening. These results indicate that RNA and MRI are complementary non-invasive methods, and can provide the functional and anatomical information required for the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. (orig./MG)

  2. Starry sky sign: A prevalent sonographic finding in mediastinal tuberculous lymph nodes.

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    Alici, Ibrahim Onur; Demirci, Nilg N Yilmaz; Yilmaz, Aydin; Karakaya, Jale; Erdogan, Yurdanur

    2015-01-01

    We report a prevalent finding in tuberculous lymphadenitis (TL): Starry sky sign, hyperechoic foci without acoustic shadows over a hypoechoic background. We retrospectively searched the database for a possible relationship of starry sky sign with a specific diagnosis and also the prevalence and accuracy of the finding. Starry sky sign was found in 16 of 31 tuberculous lymph nodes, while none of other lymph nodes (1,015 lymph nodes) exhibited this finding; giving a sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy of 51.6%, 100%, 100%, 98.5%, and 98.5%, respectively. Bacteriologic and histologic findings are gold standard in the diagnosis of tuberculosis, but this finding may guide the bronchoscopist in choosing the more pathologic node within a station and increase the diagnostic yield as it may relate to actively dividing mycobacteria.

  3. Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Arising from Chronic Tuberculous Empyema

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    Ju Sik Yun

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Pyothorax-associated lymphoma is a relatively rare type of lymphoma that occurs in patients who have long histories of tuberculous pleuritis or induced pneumothorax. It is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of mainly the B-cell phenotype and is strongly associated with Epstein−Barr virus infection. A majority of these cases have been reported in Japan, although some cases have occurred in Western countries. Here, we describe a case of pyothorax- associated lymphoma in a patient with a 30-year history of chronic tuberculous empyema. The patient underwent decortication under the impression of chronic empyema with fistula. The histopathologic diagnosis was a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma associated chronic inflammation.

  4. Acute abdomen probably caused by acute tuberculous appendicitis. A case report

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    Montiel-Jarquín, Álvaro José

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Acute tuberculous appendicitis is a rare disease. It constitutes from 0.001 % to 0.01 % of the clinical forms of tuberculosis. We present cases of such disease as probably cause for surgical acute abdomen. Case report: Male aged 29 with mild to moderate diffuse abdominal pain, which intensified and localized in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, fever, vomiting, malaise, leukocytosis (11,300/µL and 91 % neutrophils. Appendectomy was performed, the histopathological report was acute appendicitis, Ziehl-Neelsen stain was positive. Three days later he returned home and had no short- or long term complications. Conclusion: Acute tuberculous appendicitis is a rare disease that may cause acute abdomen, patients should receive drug treatment to eradicate the cause and have proper epidemiological monitoring.

  5. Percutaneous Discectomy—Continuous Irrigation and Drainage for Tuberculous Lumbar Spondylitis: A Report of Two Cases

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    Sei Shibuya

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Percutaneous curettage and continuous irrigation were performed for definitive diagnosis and treatment of tuberculous (TB lumbar spondylitis. Under local anaesthesia, affected lumbar discs were curetted using a procedure of percutaneous nucleotomy, and in-tube and the out-tube were placed for continuous irrigation. The period of continuous irrigation was 12–16 days. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was demonstrated in case 1 by culture and PCR, whereas histology showed tuberculous lesion with caseous necrosis in both cases. Postoperative MRI showed markedly reduced abscesses after 3 months in both cases. The signal intensity in vertebral bodies was improved. In Case 2, CT observations showed remodeling over time in the vertebral body cavities. This method is advantageous in that although minimally invasive, it achieves identification of pathogenic bacteria and treatment simultaneously. This surgical procedure is expected to prove effective for both TB and pyogenic spondylitis.

  6. Adventures within the speckled band: heterogeneity, angiogenesis, and balanced inflammation in the tuberculous granuloma

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    Matty, Molly A.; Roca, Francisco J.; Cronan, Mark R.; Tobin, David M.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Recent work in a variety of animal models, including mice, zebrafish, and macaques, as well as in humans, has led to a reassessment of several tenets of mycobacterial infection. In this review, we highlight new findings about the composition and dynamics of the tuberculous granuloma, the central host structure in mycobacterial infection, as well as inflammatory mediators that drive a successful anti-microbial response on one hand and pathological inflammation on the other. We highlight granuloma heterogeneity that emerges in the context of infection, the functional consequences of angiogenesis in tuberculous granulomas, and data that balanced inflammation in humans, with a central role for tumor necrosis factor, appears to play a key role in optimal defense against mycobacterial infection. These findings have suggested new and specific host-directed therapies that await further clinical exploration. PMID:25703566

  7. Taponamiento cardiaco secundario a pericarditis tuberculosa aguda en un paciente joven, no asociado a inmunosupresión

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    Hugo A. Paez Ardila; Danilo E. Trujillo González; Ortiz Gómez, Stephanie; Motta Rincón, Ingrith

    2017-01-01

    La pericarditis tuberculosa representa un pequeño porcentaje de la tuberculosis extrapulmonar, cuyo diagnóstico aún constituye un reto por la variabilidad en su presentación. La terapia antimicrobiana dirigida es el pilar del tratamiento, el cual debe seguirse de manera cercana para evaluar las complicaciones asociadas. A continuación presentamos el caso de un hombre de 25 años de edad, previamente sano, quien cursó con el taponamiento cardiaco y la falla cardiaca aguda secundaria a la perica...

  8. A case of radiation induced pleuritis and pericarditis three and a half years chemotherapy for advanced esophageal cancer

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    Matsumoto, Yasuo; Sakai, Kunio; Sugita, Tohru; Tsuchida, Emiko; Sasamoto, Ryota [Niigata Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine; Sueyama, Hiroo

    1998-12-01

    A 67-year-old man who had been treated three and a half years ago with chemoradiotherapy using concurrent low-dose 5-FU continuous infusion for advanced esophageal cancer (T4N1M0) developed massive unilateral pleural effusion and pericardial effusion with no evidence of tumor recurrence. The pleural fluid was a serohemorrhagic exudate without malignant cells and bacterial infection. The pleural and pericardial effusion were remarkably improved after chest tube drainage and pleurodesis. Radiation-induced pleuritis and pericarditis were considered to be the possible cause of massive pleural and pericardial effusion. (author)

  9. Tuberculous ulcer of tongue with oral complications of oral antituberculosis therapy

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    Ajay G; Laxmikanth C; Prashanth S

    2006-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease affecting humans of all ages in all parts of the world. The dentist plays an important role in the identification and control of this condition by early recognition of oral lesions that may precede the detection of the pulmonary form. Occurrence of increased incidence of mycobacterial infections as a part of the spectrum of AIDS only emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis. A case of a tuberculous ulcer on the tongue along with oral ulcerations,...

  10. Delayed eruption of maxillary permanent central incisors due to bilateral tuberculate supernumerary teeth: case report.

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    Manuja, Naveen; Nagpal, Rajni; Singh, Mousumi; Chaudhary, Seema; Suresh, B S

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this case report is to discuss the delayed eruption of permanent maxillary central incisors in a 10-year-old boy with retained primary maxillary central incisors. Radiological investigations revealed the presence of impacted bilateral supernumerary teeth and impacted permanent incisors. These supernumerary teeth were surgically removed and were diagnosed as tuberculate type. The patient is on clinical and radiological follow up for spontaneous eruption of the permanent teeth.

  11. Incidence of tuberculous meningitis in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

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    Cíntia Helena de Souza

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction The aim of this study was to estimate the incidence of tuberculous meningitis in the State of Santa Catarina (SC, Brazil, during the period from 2001 to 2010. Methods Ecological, temporal, and descriptive methods were employed using data obtained from the Information System on Disease Notification (Sistema de Informação de Agravos de Notificação. Results One hundred sixteen reported cases of tuberculous meningitis occurred from 2001 to 2010, corresponding to 1.2% (0.2 cases/100,000 inhabitants of all meningitis cases reported in SC. There was a predominance of new cases in males, corresponding to 56.9% of new cases (0.2 cases/100,000 inhabitants; males vs. females; p=0.374, in patients aged 20-39 years, corresponding to 52.6% of new cases (0.5 cases/100,000 inhabitants; 20-39 years versus others; p<0.001, and in urban areas, corresponding to 91.4% of new cases (0.2 cases/100,000 inhabitants; urban vs. rural; p=0.003. In 48.3% of cases, the outcome was death. Conclusions The incidence rate of tuberculous meningitis in SC has increased within the last decade, with the most affected population comprising young adult white males with an average education. Thus, tuberculous meningitis remains a serious disease, emphasizing the need for disease prevention with vaccination campaigns against tuberculosis, the development of faster and more accurate diagnostic methods, and the use of current epidemiological knowledge regarding the disease to facilitate the establishment of early treatment.

  12. Thoracoscopic Decortication of Stage III Tuberculous Empyema Is Effective and Safe in Selected Cases.

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    Kumar, Arvind; Asaf, Belal B; Lingaraju, Vijay C; Yendamuri, Sai; Pulle, Mohan V; Sood, Jayashree

    2017-09-27

    Open decortication of advanced tuberculous empyema remains standard of care. As with other aspects of thoracic surgery, minimally invasive approaches are making inroads into procedures traditionally performed open. In this retrospective analysis, we sought to examine feasibility, efficacy, and outcomes of thoracoscopic decortication of stage III tuberculous empyema in our experience. The records of all patients in whom thoracoscopic decortication of stage III tuberculous empyema was performed between March 2012 and December 2015 were examined. Demographic and perioperative data were analyzed to assess the surgical outcomes of this study group. To assess long-term efficacy, patients were followed for a minimum of 6 months. One hundred patients fit the study criteria, of these 67 were men. Ninety cases were successfully completed thoracoscopically. Mean operative time was 204 ± 34.2 minutes with mean blood loss of 384 ± 28 mL. Median chest drain duration and hospital stay was 7 days. There was no perioperative deaths. Morbidity rate was 33%, composed mostly of prolonged air leak (29%). Six-month follow-up revealed completely expanded lung in all patients except one with small apical asymptomatic air space. Intraoperative cultures were positive for mycobacteria in 25% patients. Six (6%) of these patients had multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and required a modification in their antituberculous therapy. Thoracoscopic decortication of advanced tuberculous empyema is feasible, safe, and effective with good short- and long-term results in selected patients. In a substantial portion of patients, operative cultures required modifying drug treatment to treat underlying tuberculosis. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Tuberculous Spondylitis Following Kyphoplasty: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Ge, Chao-Yuan; He, Li-Ming; Zheng, Yong-Hong; Liu, Tuan-Jiang; Guo, Hua; He, Bao-Rong; Qian, Li-Xiong; Zhao, Yuan-Tin; Yang, Jun-Song; Hao, Ding-Jun

    2016-03-01

    Tuberculous spondylitis of the augmented vertebral column following percutaneous vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty has rarely been described. We report an unusual case of tuberculous spondylitis diagnosed after percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP). A 61-year-old woman presented to our institution complaining of back pain following a fall 7 days before. Radiologic studies revealed an acute osteoporotic compression L1 fracture. The patient denied history of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and there were no signs of infection. The patient was discharged from hospital 4 days after undergoing L1 PKP with a dramatic improvement in her back pain. Two years later, the patient was readmitted with a 1 year history of recurrent back pain. Imaging examinations demonstrated long segmental bony destruction involving L1 vertebra with massive paravertebral abscess formation. The tentative diagnosis of tuberculous spondylitis was made, after a serum T-SPOT. The TB test was found to be positive. Anterior debridement, L1 corpectomy, decompression, and autologous rib graft interposition, and posterior T8-L4 instrumentation were performed. The histologic examination of the resected tissue results confirmed the diagnosis of spinal TB. Anti-TB medications were administered for 12 months and the patient recovered without sequelae. Spinal TB and osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures are similar clinically and radiologically. Spinal surgeons should consider this disease entity to avoid misdiagnosis or complications. Early surgical intervention and anti-TB treatment should be instituted as soon as the diagnosis of spinal TB after vertebral augmentation is made.

  14. Drug susceptibility of low growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria

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    S. N. Аndreevskaya

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate the spectrum of drug susceptibility of slowly growing of non-tuberculous mycobacteria and define minimum inhibiting concentrations (MIC regarding the drug panel including anti-tuberculosis drugs and antimicrobial agents of wide spectrum, 68 strains of slow growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria belonging to such species as M. avium, M. intracellulare, M. gordonae, M. kansasii, M. xenopi, M. malmoense and M. simiae were tested. Minimum inhibiting concentrations were defined with use of the panel consisting of 13 drugs of SLOWMYCO Sensititre (Trek Diagnostic System, Thermo Scientific, USA. It has been proved that the majority of tested strains of non-tuberculous mycobacteria were susceptible to clarithromycin and rifabutin. Amikacin, linezolid and moxifloxacin were also fairly effective. Considering that for mycobacteria of M. avium the borderline drug concentrations were not defined it is important to investigate and to compare the results of defining minimum inhibiting concentrations in vitro with therapy efficiency.

  15. Delayed diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis in a pregnant Nigerian: A case report

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    Isa Samson Ejiji

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous meningitis (TBM is the most severe form of tuberculosis and is commoner in those with immunsuppression. Diagnosis continues to be difficult particularly in resource limited settings, and this may be truer in the setting of pregnancy. We report the case of a pregnant Nigerian who was diagnosed late with atypical features of TBM complicated by cerebral infarction. High index of suspicion and early administration of anti-tuberculous medications as daily therapy according to the national treatment guidelines: 600 mg Rifampicin, 300 mg Isoniazid, 1.2g Pyrazinamide and 800 mg Ethambutol plus 50 mg pyridoxine and 0.4 mg/kg body weight/day dexamethasone which was tapered weekly led to a slow but sustained clinical improvement. The relationship between pregnancy, susceptibility to TBM and presenting features of TBM requires further exploration. Clinicians should also be aware of atypical presentation of TBM in pregnancy, and the suspicion of TBM may be sufficient grounds to initiate empirical anti-tuberculous therapy.

  16. [Tuberculous sacro-iliitis: a series of twenty-two cases].

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    Bouajina, E; Harzallah, L; Hachfi, W; Slama, K Bel Hadj; Rammeh, N; Ghannouchi, M; Bahri, M; Letaief, A

    2005-09-01

    Despite their relative rarity, increased awareness of tuberculous sacro-iliitis is necessary. Indeed, diagnosis is usually delayed, because of the non specific clinical features and the difficulty to explore the sacro-iliac joint. To study the characteristics of sacro-iliac joint tuberculosis. A retrospective study of 22 cases of tuberculous sacro-iliitis collected between 1987 and 2003 in four university hospital centres. All our patients were explored clinically and radiologically. Microbiology, biochemical and serologic tests were also performed. 13 cases were confirmed bacteriologically or histologically and for the remaining nine cases evidence of tuberculous sacroiliitis was based on clinical, biological, radiological features and outcome on treatment. Inflammatory pain was present in almost all cases, and a collected abscess in 11 cases. Standard radiographs were also in all cases and ultrasound and CT scan showed an abscess in 8 patients. The average duration of treatment was nine months. The outcome was excellent in the majority of cases. Sacro-iliac joint is difficult to explore and has recently beneficiated of technical improvement in imaging and diagnostic. Medical treatment of tuberculosis sacro-iliitis is often sufficient.

  17. Primary Aortoduodenal Fistula Caused by Tuberculous Aortitis Presenting as Recurrent Massive Gastrointestinal Bleeding

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    Tzung-Jiun Tsai

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Upper gastrointestinal bleeding from primary aortoduodenal fistula (PADF is unusual and fatal. The etiology of PADF from tuberculous aortitis is rare. We report a 69-year-old male patient who suffered recurrent hematemesis and hematochezia with hypovolemic shock of unknown origin. Initial endoscopy failed to lead to a diagnosis. A bleeder over the third portion of the duodenum was found after the third endoscopy. Exploratory laparotomy showed a ruptured aortic pseudoaneurysm with an aortoduodenal fistula. Dacron graft repair of the aorta and simple closure of the duodenal fistula were carried out. Pathologic examination revealed tuberculous aortitis. The patient survived and was symptom-free following operation and antituberculous therapy. Review of the literature revealed that the clinical presentations in this disorder are insidious. The endoscopic findings are atypical. We conclude that so-called “herald bleeding”, a history of tuberculous infection or aortic aneurysm and a high degree of suspicion are critical for successful diagnosis. Early diagnosis and surgical exploration are needed for timely and successful management.

  18. Annual risks of tuberculous infection in East Nusa Tenggara and Central Java Provinces, Indonesia.

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    Bachtiar, A; Miko, T Y; Machmud, R; Besral, B; Yudarini, P; Mehta, F; Chadha, V K; Basri, C; Loprang, F; Jitendra, R

    2009-01-01

    East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Central Java Provinces, Indonesia. To estimate the average annual risk of tuberculous infection (ARTI) among school children aged 6-9 years in each province. Children attending Classes 1-4 in 65 schools in NTT and 79 in Central Java, selected by two-stage sampling, were intradermally administered 2 tuberculin units of purified protein derivative RT23 with Tween 80 on the mid-volar aspect of the left forearm. The maximum transverse diameter of induration was measured 72 h later. The analysis was carried out among 5479 satisfactorily test-read children in NTT and 6943 in Central Java. One hundred and fifty-five new sputum smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) cases (78 in NTT and 77 in Central Java) were also tuberculin tested. Based on the frequency distribution of reaction sizes among the children and PTB cases, the prevalence of infection was estimated by the mirror-image method using the modes of tuberculous reactions at 15 and 17 mm. Using the 15 mm mode, ARTI was estimated at 1% in NTT and 0.9% in Central Java. Using the 17 mm mode, ARTI was estimated at 0.5% in NTT and 0.4% in Central Java. Transmission of tuberculous infection may be further reduced by intensification of tuberculosis control efforts.

  19. Idiopathic pericarditis and pericardial effusion in children: contemporary epidemiology and management.

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    Shakti, Divya; Hehn, Rebecca; Gauvreau, Kimberly; Sundel, Robert P; Newburger, Jane W

    2014-11-07

    Multicenter studies on idiopathic or viral pericarditis and pericardial effusion (PPE) have not been reported in children. Colchicine use for PPE in adults is supported. We explored epidemiology and management for inpatient hospitalizations for PPE in US children and risk factors for readmission. We analyzed patients in the Pediatric Health Information System database for (1) a code for PPE; (2) absence of codes for underlying systemic disease (eg, neoplastic, cardiac, rheumatologic, renal); (3) age ≥30 days and <21 years; and (4) discharge between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2012, from 38 hospitals contributing complete data for each year of the study period. Among 11 364 hospitalizations with PPE codes during the study period, 543 (4.8%) met entry criteria for idiopathic or viral PPE. Significantly more boys were noted, especially among adolescents. No temporal trends were noted. Median age was 14.5 years (interquartile range 7.3 to 16.6 years); 78 patients (14.4%) underwent pericardiocentesis, 13 (2.4%) underwent pericardiotomy, and 11 (2.0%) underwent pericardiectomy; 157 (28.9%) had an intensive care unit stay, including 2.0% with tamponade. Median hospitalization was 3 days (interquartile range 2 to 4 days). Medications used at initial admission were nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (71.3%), corticosteroids (22.7%), aspirin (7.0%), and colchicine (3.9%). Readmissions within 1 year of initial admission occurred in 46 of 447 patients (10.3%), mostly in the first 3 months. No independent predictors of readmission were noted, but our statistical power was limited. Practice variation was noted in medical management and pericardiocentesis. Our report provides the first large multicenter description of idiopathic or viral PPE in children. Idiopathic or viral PPE is most common in male adolescents and is treated infrequently with colchicine. © 2014 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley Blackwell.

  20. The phenomenology of specialization of criminal suspects.

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    Michele Tumminello

    Full Text Available A criminal career can be either general, with the criminal committing different types of crimes, or specialized, with the criminal committing a specific type of crime. A central problem in the study of crime specialization is to determine, from the perspective of the criminal, which crimes should be considered similar and which crimes should be considered distinct. We study a large set of Swedish suspects to empirically investigate generalist and specialist behavior in crime. We show that there is a large group of suspects who can be described as generalists. At the same time, we observe a non-trivial pattern of specialization across age and gender of suspects. Women are less prone to commit crimes of certain types, and, for instance, are more prone to specialize in crimes related to fraud. We also find evidence of temporal specialization of suspects. Older persons are more specialized than younger ones, and some crime types are preferentially committed by suspects of different ages.

  1. Association of group B coxsackie viruses with cases of pericarditis, myocarditis, or pleurodynia by demonstration of immunoglobulin M antibody.

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    Schmidt, N J; Magoffin, R L; Lennette, E H

    1973-09-01

    Tests for immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibody to group B coxsackieviruses were performed on sera from 259 patients with a clinical diagnosis of pericarditis, myocarditis, or pleurodynia on whom there were no definitive serological or virus isolation findings to establish a viral etiology, and on 259 "control" patients with clinical diagnoses of viral or mycoplasmal pneumonia or pneumonitis. IgM antibodies to coxsackievirus types B1, B3, B4, B5, and B6 were detected by a micro-immunodiffusion technique, and antibodies to virus type B2 were detected by reduction of neutralizing antibodies with ethanethiol. Of the patients with pericarditis, myocarditis, or pleurodynia, 27% (70) had IgM antibody to group B coxsackieviruses, as compared with 8% in the control group. On retrospective review of the clinical diagnosis, some of the patients in the control group with IgM antibody were found to have had additional clinical findings which could be attributed to a coxsackievirus infection. Coxsackievirus IgM antibody was demonstrable in 30% of 113 patients in the study group for whom virus isolation had been attempted with negative results. The presence of coxsackievirus IgM is discussed in relation to the time of serum collection, age of the patients, and month of onset of illness.

  2. The Importance of Complete Pericardiectomy and the Role of the Apical Suction Device in Chronic Constrictive Pericarditis.

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    Kim, Sang Yoon; Na, Kwon Joong; Kim, Kyung-Hwan

    2017-02-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze the preoperative attributes and clinical impacts of complete pericardiectomy in chronic constrictive pericarditis. A total of 26 patients were treated from January 2001 to December 2013. The pericardium was resected as widely as possible. When excessive bleeding or hemodynamic instability occurred intraoperatively, a cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB; n=3, 11.5%) or an apical suction device (n=8, 30.8%) was used. Patients were divided into 2 groups: those who underwent ≥ 80% resection of the pericardium (group A, n=18) and those who underwent apical suction device was more frequently applied in group A than group B (n=8, 30.8% vs. n=0, 0.0%; p=0.031). The postoperative New York Heart Association functional classification improved more in group A (p=0.030). Long-term follow-up echocardiography also showed a lower frequency of unresolved constriction in group A than in group B (n=1, 5.60% vs. n=5, 62.5%; p=0.008). Patients with chronic constrictive pericarditis demonstrated symptomatic improvement through complete pericardiectomy. Aggressive resection of the pericardium may correct constrictive physiology and an apical suction device can facilitate the approach to the posterolateral aspect of the left ventricle and atrioventricular groove area without the aid of CPB.

  3. Constrictive Pericarditis in the Presence of Remaining Remnants of a Left Ventricular Assist Device in a Heart Transplanted Patient

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    R. Rivinius

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Constrictive pericarditis (CP is a severe subform of pericarditis with various causes and clinical findings. Here, we present the unique case of CP in the presence of remaining remnants of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD in a heart transplanted patient. A 63-year-old man presented at the Heidelberg Heart Center outpatient clinic with progressive dyspnea, fatigue, and loss of physical capacity. Heart transplantation (HTX was performed at another heart center four years ago and postoperative clinical course was unremarkable so far. Pharmacological cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI stress test was performed to exclude coronary ischemia. The test was negative but, accidentally, a foreign body located in the epicardial adipose tissue was found. The foreign body was identified as the inflow pump connection of an LVAD which was left behind after HTX. Echocardiography and cardiac catheterization confirmed the diagnosis of CP. Surgical removal was performed and the epicardial tubular structure with a diameter of 30 mm was carefully removed accompanied by pericardiectomy. No postoperative complications occurred and the patient recovered uneventfully with a rapid improvement of symptoms. On follow-up 3 and 6 months later, the patient reported about a stable clinical course with improved physical capacity and absence of dyspnea.

  4. A case of suspect “cyanosis”

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    Elisabetta Antonucci

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available CLINICAL CASE A 70-year old woman was admitted to our hospital because of fever, asthenia and a suspected stroke. Her medical history showed a congenital cardiopathy (Patent Foramen Ovale, PFO. Skin and oral mucosa pigmentation, orthostatic hypotension, hypoglycemia and hyponatriemia arose the suspect of Addison’s disease. The diagnosis was confirmed by the evaluation of basal levels of plasma ACTH and serum cortisol, and serum cortisol levels after ACTH stimulation. Abdominal CT scan showed atrophy and calcification of adrenal glands. CONCLUSIONS In most cases, Addison’s disease is provoked by autoimmune destruction of the adrenal cortex; however, in our reported patient, tuberculosis could be a possible cause.

  5. Efficacy and safety of colchicine for treatment of multiple recurrences of pericarditis (CORP-2): a multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Belli, Riccardo; Brucato, Antonio; Cemin, Roberto; Ferrua, Stefania; Beqaraj, Federico; Demarie, Daniela; Ferro, Silvia; Forno, Davide; Maestroni, Silvia; Cumetti, Davide; Varbella, Ferdinando; Trinchero, Rita; Spodick, David H; Adler, Yehuda

    2014-06-28

    Colchicine is effective for the treatment of acute pericarditis and first recurrences. However, conclusive data are lacking for the efficacy and safety of colchicine for treatment of multiple recurrences of pericarditis. We did this multicentre, double-blind trial at four general hospitals in northern Italy. Adult patients with multiple recurrences of pericarditis (≥two) were randomly assigned (1:1) to placebo or colchicine (0·5 mg twice daily for 6 months for patients weighing more than 70 kg or 0·5 mg once daily for patients weighing 70 kg or less) in addition to conventional anti-inflammatory treatment with aspirin, ibuprofen, or indometacin. Permuted block randomisation (size four) was done with a central computer-based automated sequence. Patients and all investigators were masked to treatment allocation. The primary outcome was recurrent pericarditis in the intention-to-treat population. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT00235079. 240 patients were enrolled and 120 were assigned to each group. The proportion of patients who had recurrent pericarditis was 26 (21·6%) of 120 in the colchicine group and 51 (42·5%) of 120 in the placebo group (relative risk 0·49; 95% CI 0·24-0·65; p=0·0009; number needed to treat 5). Adverse effects and discontinuation of study drug occurred in much the same proportions in each group. The most common adverse events were gastrointestinal intolerance (nine patients in the colchicine group vs nine in the placebo group) and hepatotoxicity (three vs one). No serious adverse events were reported. Colchicine added to conventional anti-inflammatory treatment significantly reduced the rate of subsequent recurrences of pericarditis in patients with multiple recurrences. Taken together with results from other randomised controlled trials, these findings suggest that colchicine should be probably regarded as a first-line treatment for either acute or recurrent pericarditis in the absence of

  6. Congenital Malaria Among Newborns Admitted for Suspected ...

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    Background: Signs and symptoms of congenital malaria do not differ much from those of neonatal sepsis: both can co-exist, and most times very difficult to differentiate clinically. Objective: To document the prevalence, risk factors for congeni tal malar ia among neonates admitted for suspected neonatal sepsis, and ...

  7. Congenital Malaria Among Newborns Admitted for Suspected ...

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    None of the clinical feature had good sensitivity, specificity or predictive value for congenital malaria, and only 1.6% death was recorded in a baby with high parasite density. Conclusion: Congenital malaria is common in newborns with suspected neonatal sepsis. History of peripartum pyrexia, prematurity and intrauterine ...

  8. MRI for clinically suspected appendicitis during pregnancy.

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    Cobben, L.P.; Groot, I.; Haans, L.; Blickman, J.G.; Puylaert, J.

    2004-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether MRI can be used to accurately diagnose or exclude appendicitis in pregnant patients with clinically suspected appendicitis. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that MRI is helpful in the examination and diagnosis of acute appendicitis in

  9. Biomechanical properties of keratoconus suspect eyes.

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    Saad, Alain; Lteif, Yara; Azan, Elodie; Gatinel, Damien

    2010-06-01

    Measuring corneal biomechanical properties may help detect keratoconus suspect corneas and eliminate the risk of ectasia after LASIK. Data of 504 eyes separated into three groups were retrospectively reviewed: normal (n = 252), keratoconus suspect (n = 80), and keratoconus (n = 172). Corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) were measured with an ocular biomechanics analyzer. Mean corneal hysteresis was 10.6 +/- 1.4 (SD) mm Hg in the normal group, compared with 10.0 +/- 1.6 mm Hg in the keratoconus suspect group and 8.1 +/- 1.4 mm Hg in the keratoconus group. The mean CRF was 10.6 +/- 1.6 mm Hg in the normal group compared with 9.7 +/- 1.7 in the keratoconus suspect group and 7.1 +/- 1.6 mm Hg in the keratoconus group. Mean CH and CRF were significantly different between the three groups (P corneas. Analyzing signal curves obtained with the biomechanics analyzer may provide additional valuable information for selecting qualified patients for refractive surgery.

  10. Characterization of suspected illegal skin whitening cosmetics.

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    Desmedt, B; Van Hoeck, E; Rogiers, V; Courselle, P; De Beer, J O; De Paepe, K; Deconinck, E

    2014-03-01

    An important group of suspected illegal cosmetics consists of skin bleaching products, which are usually applied to the skin of the face, hands and décolleté for local depigmentation of hyper pigmented regions or more importantly, for a generalized reduction of the skin tone. These cosmetic products are suspected to contain illegal active substances that may provoke as well local as systemic toxic effects, being the reason for their banning from the EU market. In that respect, illegal and restricted substances in cosmetics, known to have bleaching properties, are in particular hydroquinone, tretinoin and corticosteroids. From a legislative point of view, all cosmetic products containing a prohibited whitening agent are illegal and must be taken off the EU market. A newly developed screening method using ultra high performance liquid chromatography-time off flight-mass spectrometry allows routine analysis of suspected products. 163 suspected skin whitening cosmetics, collected by Belgian inspectors at high risk sites such as airports and so-called ethnic cosmetic shops, were analyzed and 59% were classified as illegal. The whitening agents mostly detected were clobetasol propionate and hydroquinone, which represent a serious health risk when repeatedly and abundantly applied to the skin. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Suspecting Neurological Dysfunction From E Mail Messages ...

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    A non medical person suspected and confirmed neurological dysfunction in an individual, based only on e mail messages sent by the individual. With email communication becoming rampant “peculiar” email messages may raise the suspicion of neurological dysfunction. Organic pathology explaining the abnormal email ...

  12. Tuberculous arthritis mimic arthritis of the Sjoegren's syndrome: findings from sonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance images

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    Chen Yingchou E-mail: r820713@ms13.hinet.net; Hsu Shihwei

    2001-12-01

    A patient with a history of Sjoegren's syndrome developed chronic arthritis of left ankle. It was diagnosed as arthritis of the Sjoegren's syndrome initially. However, joint pain persisted despite corticosteroid therapy. Sonography disclosed a multiloculated cystic lesion with peripheral hyperechoic enhancement around left ankle and extended to Achilles tendon and subcutaneous region. Computed tomography (CT) confirmed the findings. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed increased signal intensity of the lesion after gadonillium enhancement on T1-weighted images. These abnormalities showed inhomogenous high signal intensities on T2-weighted images. Tuberculous arthritis was diagnosed by positive synovial tuberculous culture. Sonography is a valuable tool that offers significant advantages for the initial evaluation of arthritis of the Sjoegren's syndrome and help early suspicious of tuberculous arthritis, because of its cost-effectiveness, superior differentiation between the cyst and solid lesions, convenience for guiding biopsy and drainage.

  13. {sup 18F} FDG PET/CT Findings in a Breast Cancer Patient with Concomitant Tuberculous Axillary Lymphadenitis

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    Lee, Jeong Won [Jeju National Univ. Hospital, Jeju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang Mi [Soonchunhyang Univ. Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Jae Hyuck [Jeju National Univ. School of Medicine, Jeju (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-06-15

    Although {sup 18F} fluorodeoxyglucose ({sup 18F} FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) is a sensitive modality for detecting a malignant lesion, increased {sup 18F} FDG uptake is also seen in infected or inflammatory processes. Here, we report the case of a a breast cancer patient with concomitant tuberculous axillary lymphadenitis that showed increased {sup 18F} FDG uptake. A 39 year old woman underwent preoperative {sup 18F} FDG PET/computed tomography (CT) as a part of the work up for right breast cancer. {sup 18F} FDG PET/CT images showed a malignant lesion in the right breast with moderate {sup 18F} FDG uptake, and multiple enlarged right axillary lymph nodes with intense {sup 18F} FDG uptake. Subsequently, the patient underwent right mastectomy and right axillary lymph node dissection. Histopathological examination confirmed breast cancer and tuberculous lymphadenitis, and the patient was treated concomitantly with anti tuberculous therapy.

  14. Use of green fluorescent protein labeled non-tuberculous mycobacteria to evaluate the activity quaternary ammonium compound disinfectants and antibiotics

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    Claudia Cortesia

    Full Text Available Abstract Although infections with NonTuberculous Mycobacteria have become less common in AIDS patients, they are important opportunistic infections after surgical procedures, likely because they are ubiquitous and not efficiently killed by many commonly used disinfectants. In Venezuela there have recently been many non-tuberculous mycobacteria soft tissue infections after minor surgical procedures, some apparently related to the use of a commercial disinfectant based on a Quaternary Ammonium Compound. We studied the activity of this and other quaternary ammonium compounds on different non-tuberculous mycobacteria by transforming the mycobacteria with a dnaA-gfp fusion and then monitoring fluorescence to gauge the capacity of different quaternary ammonium compounds to inhibit bacterial growth. The minimum inhibitory concentration varied for the different quaternary ammonium compounds, but M. chelonae and M. abscessus were consistently more resistant than M. smegmatis, and M. terrae more resistant than M. bovis BCG.

  15. [A visualization study of research papers on childhood tuberculous meningitis in China and abroad over the past decade].

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    Gan, Jing; Ye, Shao-Lin; Luo, Rong; Mu, De-Zhi; Wan, Chao-Min

    2016-05-01

    To introduce co-word analysis into the analysis of the current research status of childhood tuberculous meningitis, to compare the similarities and differences in research topics of the field in China and abroad over the past decade, and to discover the advantages and weak links in the study field in China. PubMed, CNKI, VIP, and Wanfang Data were searched for the articles which met the inclusion criteria. Ucinet 6.0 and Netdraw were used for co-occurrence analysis, and the co-article relationship between high-frequency key words was visualized. A total of 226 articles abroad and 186 Chinese articles on childhood tuberculous meningitis were obtained. The figures for co-occurrence analysis of high-frequency key words in research articles on childhood tuberculous meningitis in China and abroad were successfully plotted. Compared with the studies in China, the studies abroad were more sophisticated and well-developed, with more studies on drug-resistant tuberculosis, the relationship between tuberculosis and AIDS, and the epidemiology of tuberculosis. The key words listed in the studies abroad were more standard. The studies in China on childhood tuberculous meningitis concentrated on vaccination and nursing. In general, the studies on childhood tuberculous meningitis in China and abroad have the same directions. The studies abroad have a complicated network and use more standard key words. The studies on childhood tuberculous meningitis are well conducted in China. However, more studies are needed for drug-resistant tuberculosis, the relationship between tuberculosis and AIDS, and the epidemiology of tuberculosis in future.

  16. Mycobacterium tuberculosis-Induced Polarization of Human Macrophage Orchestrates the Formation and Development of Tuberculous Granulomas In Vitro.

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    Zikun Huang

    Full Text Available The tuberculous granuloma is an elaborately organized structure and one of the main histological hallmarks of tuberculosis. Macrophages, which are important immunologic effector and antigen-presenting cells, are the main cell type found in the tuberculous granuloma and have high plasticity. Macrophage polarization during bacterial infection has been elucidated in numerous recent studies; however, macrophage polarization during tuberculous granuloma formation and development has rarely been reported. It remains to be clarified whether differences in the activation status of macrophages affect granuloma formation. In this study, the variation in macrophage polarization during the formation and development of tuberculous granulomas was investigated in both sections of lung tissues from tuberculosis patients and an in vitro tuberculous granuloma model. The roles of macrophage polarization in this process were also investigated. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis infection was found to induce monocyte-derived macrophage polarization. In the in vitro tuberculous granuloma model, macrophage transformation from M1 to M2 was observed over time following M. tuberculosis infection. M2 macrophages were found to predominate in both necrotic and non-necrotic granulomas from tuberculosis patients, while both M1 and M2 polarized macrophages were found in the non-granulomatous lung tissues. Furthermore, it was found that M1 macrophages promote granuloma formation and macrophage bactericidal activity in vitro, while M2 macrophages inhibit these effects. The findings of this study provide insights into the mechanism by which M. tuberculosis circumvents the host immune system as well as a theoretical foundation for the development of novel tuberculosis therapies based on reprogramming macrophage polarization.

  17. Mycobacterium tuberculosis-Induced Polarization of Human Macrophage Orchestrates the Formation and Development of Tuberculous Granulomas In Vitro

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    Guo, Yang; Chen, Jie; Xiong, Guoliang; Peng, Yiping; Ye, Jianqing; Li, Junming

    2015-01-01

    The tuberculous granuloma is an elaborately organized structure and one of the main histological hallmarks of tuberculosis. Macrophages, which are important immunologic effector and antigen-presenting cells, are the main cell type found in the tuberculous granuloma and have high plasticity. Macrophage polarization during bacterial infection has been elucidated in numerous recent studies; however, macrophage polarization during tuberculous granuloma formation and development has rarely been reported. It remains to be clarified whether differences in the activation status of macrophages affect granuloma formation. In this study, the variation in macrophage polarization during the formation and development of tuberculous granulomas was investigated in both sections of lung tissues from tuberculosis patients and an in vitro tuberculous granuloma model. The roles of macrophage polarization in this process were also investigated. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) infection was found to induce monocyte-derived macrophage polarization. In the in vitro tuberculous granuloma model, macrophage transformation from M1 to M2 was observed over time following M. tuberculosis infection. M2 macrophages were found to predominate in both necrotic and non-necrotic granulomas from tuberculosis patients, while both M1 and M2 polarized macrophages were found in the non-granulomatous lung tissues. Furthermore, it was found that M1 macrophages promote granuloma formation and macrophage bactericidal activity in vitro, while M2 macrophages inhibit these effects. The findings of this study provide insights into the mechanism by which M. tuberculosis circumvents the host immune system as well as a theoretical foundation for the development of novel tuberculosis therapies based on reprogramming macrophage polarization. PMID:26091535

  18. Genotype MTBDR plus (Hain) test in suspected MDR-TB patients.

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    Sangsayunh, Piamlarp; Chuchothawon, Chareon

    2014-10-01

    Incidence ofMDR-TB in Thailand is higher Diagnosis ofmulti-drug resistance (MDR-TB) is often delayed because of insufficient investigations. Therefore, there is a need to introduce an efficient testing method. Genotype MTBDR plus (Hain test) is a new technology of line probe assay (LPAs) In general practice, it had questionable benefit on negative and positive direct smear specimens. Evaluate the accuracy of the Hain test as compared to the conventional culture and drug susceptibility test (DST), and evaluate the judgment of the physician on starting MDR-TB treatment after receiving the result of the Hain test. An observational prospective study was done of 100 suspected MDR-TB patients who visited the Central Chest Institute of Thailand between September and December 2012. Ninety-four patients were included in the present study. They were assessed by direct sputum smear test, Hain test, sputum conventional culture, and drug-susceptibility test (DST) in the first visit. Followed-up treatment until cure/definite treatment were observed for definite diagnosis. Hain tests identified 65 (69%) MTB positives, 25 (26%) MTB negatives, andfour (4%) Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM), respectively. Fourteen of 17 negative direct smear but positive Hain test samples were culture negative. We followed these 14 patients. Four patients with TB treatment were cured. Six patients received MDR treatment and improved. Two patients were misdiagnosed CA. Two patients had old scar TB lesion. Sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy ofHain test for MDR-TB detection compared to standard conventional culture were 95%, 86%, and 88%, respectively. Twelve patients were NTMculture positive. Most of them (75%) were M abscessus. Sixty-three percent of chest physicians used the result of the Hain testfor extended treatment ofstandard regimen in non-IR resistance or changing ofTB regimen. There was correlation between judgments of starting MDR-TB treatment and results of Hain test (p = 0.001), no

  19. [Parameters relating to the development of residual pleural thickening in tuberculous pleurisy].

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    Nagayama, N; Tamura, A; Kurashima, A; Hayashi, K

    1999-02-01

    To identify predictive parameters for the development of residual pleural thickening in tuberculous pleurisy, we investigated 58 tuberculous pleurisy patients retrospectively who could be followed up until their chest roentgenogram no longer changed. The patients were divided into the following three groups according to the final configuration of pleural space: group I costphrenic angle (C-P angle) of the affected side was completely or almost completely recovered (20 cases), group II C-P angle became dull (20 cases), group III pleural thickening of > 2 mm remained in the lateral chest wall above the diaphragmatic dome level (18 cases). Differences of the clinical, chest roentgenographic and laboratory data were compared between these three groups. There were no differences between groups I and II in all of the parameters compared, while there were some differences between groups I and/or II and group III. The mean age of group III (51.1 +/- 18.1 y.o.) was significantly higher than that of group I (40.7 +/- 18.6 y.o.) and group II (34.7 +/- 14.7 y.o.) (p pleural fluid of group III (32 +/- 31 mg/dl) was lower than that of group I (96 +/- 13 mg/dl) and group II (86 +/- 21 mg/dl) (p pleural fluid were not different significantly among three groups. BSR (blood sedimentation rate) and CRP (C-reactive protein) were higher in group III (77 +/- 30 mm/hr and 8.5 +/- 4.3 mg/dl) than those in group I (45 +/- 23 mm/hr and 4.1 +/- 5.4 mg/dl) (p pleural space are the predictive factors for the development of residual pleural thickening in tuberculous pleurisy.

  20. Tuberculous Addison's disease: Morphological and quantitative evaluation with multidetector-row CT

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    Ma Ensen [Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Guo Xue Xiang, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 (China); Yang Zhigang [Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Guo Xue Xiang, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 (China) and National Key Laboratory of Biotherapy Center, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Guo Xue Xiang, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 (China)]. E-mail: zgyang1117@yahoo.com.cn; Li Yuan [Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Guo Xue Xiang, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 (China); Guo Yingkun [Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Guo Xue Xiang, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 (China); Deng Yuping [Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Guo Xue Xiang, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 (China); Zhang Xiaochun [Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Guo Xue Xiang, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 (China)

    2007-06-15

    Objective: To determine the characteristics of tuberculous Addison's disease on the axial and multiplanar reformatted (MPR) images of the multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT). Materials and methods: The unenhanced and contrast-enhanced MDCT features in 19 patients with tuberculous Addison's disease were retrospectively assessed for the location, contour, size, calcification, attenuation, and enhancement patterns. The correlation between the duration of Addison's disease and the percentage of calcification presence was evaluated. Results: The adrenal glands were infected bilaterally in all of the 19 cases (100%, 38 glands). Enlargement of the glands appeared in 18 cases (94.7%, 36 glands) and the remaining one case (5.3%, two glands) showed atrophy bilaterally. Of the 36 enlarged adrenals, 13 (36.1%) had preserved contours, and the other 23 (63.9%) were mass-like. The size of the adrenals ranged from 0.6 to 4.8cm (mean 1.92+/-0.96cm). Calcification was revealed in 16 adrenals (16/38, 42.1%), increasing in incidence with disease progression. Fourteen of the 36 (38.9%) enlarged adrenals showed peripheral enhancement while the remaining 22 (61.1%) demonstrated heterogeneous enhancement. The {delta}CT value, the attenuation measurement of mass-like lesions, was less in the central area (7+/-4HU) than that in the peripheral area (32+/-14HU) (P<0.01) between the unenhanced and contrast-enhanced scan. Conclusion: MDCT can reveal the characteristic morphology and CT attenuation in the tuberculous Addison's disease. Combined with its clinical presentations and biochemical findings, we can diagnose and stage adrenal tuberculosis with high specificity and accuracy on MDCT.