Clinical review: Intrapericardial fibrinolysis in management of purulent pericarditis

  title={Clinical review: Intrapericardial fibrinolysis in management of purulent pericarditis},
  author={Pascal Augustin and Mathieu Desmard and Pierre Mordant and Sigismond Lasocki and J L Maury and Nicholas Heming and Philippe Montravers},
  booktitle={Critical care},
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… CONTINUE READING
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