Comparison of intuitive versus systematic strategies for aetiological diagnosis of pericardial effusion.

@article{Levy2005ComparisonOI,
  title={Comparison of intuitive versus systematic strategies for aetiological diagnosis of pericardial effusion.},
  author={P Y Levy and Jean-Paul Moatti and Val{\'e}rie Gauduchon and François Vandenesch and Gilbert Habib and Didier Raoult},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases},
  year={2005},
  volume={37 3},
  pages={
          216-20
        }
}
In an attempt to elucidate better the various aetiologies of pericardial effusion, we developed a diagnostic protocol that incorporated a battery of systematic tests including blood cultures, throat swab cultures and serological tests for various infectious agents and estimation of serum antinuclear antibodies and serum thyroid-stimulating hormone. Over a 2-y period ending May 2000, we evaluated prospectively and diagnostic usefulness of our strategy in a cohort (n = 136) of patients with… CONTINUE READING