Calcific constrictive pericarditis: is it still with us?

  title={Calcific constrictive pericarditis: is it still with us?},
  author={Lieng His Ling and Jae Kon Oh and Jerome F. Breen and Hartzell Vernon Schaff and Gordon K. Danielson and Doug W. Mahoney and James B. Seward and A Jamil Tajik},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={132 6},
The presence of pericardial calcification on radiography strongly suggests constrictive pericarditis in patients with symptoms of heart failure (1, 2). In a 1959 study, calcification was documented in up to 90% of all cases (3), usually after tuberculous pericarditis. However, because of the decrease in rates of tuberculosis and the increase in iatrogenic causes of constriction (4, 5), calcific constrictive pericarditis is believed to be extremely uncommon in the United States; it is now… CONTINUE READING


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