Tuberculous Constrictive Pericarditis. Case Report and Literature Review

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Oscar Tapia E.


Tuberculous pericarditis (TP) is a rare manifestation of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TBC), found in approximately 1% of autopsies by TB and 1-2% of cases of pulmonary TB, while his presentation closely associated with the HIV infection. The pericardial involvement usually occurs by retrograde lymphatic spread or hematogenous spread from a primary pulmonary focus, which may clinically manifest as pericardial effusion, constrictive pericarditis or a mixed pattern. This paper describes the clinical and morphological findings of a TP case in an 78-year old immunocompetent patient, with constrictive TP diagnosed made in the Hospital Hernán Henríquez Aravena in Temuco.

KEY WORDS: Pericarditis; Tuberculosis; Tuberculous pericarditis.

How to cite this article

TAPIA, E. O. Tuberculous constrictive pericarditis. Case report and literature review. Int. J. Morphol., 30(2):696-700, 2012.