Two days after an acute myocardial infarction, a patient developed pleuropericarditis. A negative lung scan and echocardiographic evidence of pericardial effusion were instrumental in making the diagnosis. Steroid therapy led to a dramatic resolution of the signs and symptoms. Pericardial effusion is usually a late complication of myocardial infarction (Dressler's syndrome), but the increasing use of echocardiography may demonstrate that it occurs early in the course.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American family physician|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1 1979|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Family Practice