Pericardiectomy vs medical management in patients with relapsing pericarditis.

  title={Pericardiectomy vs medical management in patients with relapsing pericarditis.},
  author={Masud H. Khandaker and Hartzell Vernon Schaff and Kevin L Greason and Nandan S. Anavekar and Raul Emilio Espinosa and Sharonne N Hayes and Rick Nishimura and Jae Kon Oh},
  journal={Mayo Clinic proceedings},
  volume={87 11},
OBJECTIVE To determine whether surgical pericardiectomy is a safe and effective alternative to medical management for chronic relapsing pericarditis. PATIENTS AND METHODS Retrospective review of 184 patients presenting to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from January 1, 1994, through December 31, 2005, with persistent relapsing pericarditis identified 58 patients who had a pericardiectomy after failed medical management and 126 patients who continued with medical treatment only. The… CONTINUE READING
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