Purulent pericarditis: report of 2 cases and review of the literature.


Journal Article (Review)

Purulent pericarditis, a localized infection within the pericardial space, has become a rare entity in the modern antibiotic era. Although historically a disease of children and young adults, this is no longer the case: the median age at the time of diagnosis has increased by nearly 30 years over the past 6 decades. Despite advances in diagnostic and treatment modalities, purulent pericarditis remains a life-threatening illness. Unfortunately, the diagnosis is made postmortem in more than half the cases. Thus, a high index of clinical suspicion is crucial. We present 2 cases of purulent pericarditis, and provide an updated review of other case series published over the past 60 years.

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Cited Authors

  • Parikh, SV; Memon, N; Echols, M; Shah, J; McGuire, DK; Keeley, EC

Published Date

  • January 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 88 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 52 - 65

PubMed ID

  • 19352300

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19352300

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-5964

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/MD.0b013e318194432b


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States