Purulent pericarditis: report of 2 cases and review of the literature.

  title={Purulent pericarditis: report of 2 cases and review of the literature.},
  author={Shailja V Parikh and Nada B. Memon and Melvin R Echols and Jessica Nitin Shah and Darren K McGuire and Ellen C. Keeley},
  volume={88 1},
Purulent pericarditis, a localized infection within the pericardial space, has become a rare entity in the modern antibiotic era. Although historically a disease of children and young adults, this is no longer the case: the median age at the time of diagnosis has increased by nearly 30 years over the past 6 decades. Despite advances in diagnostic and treatment modalities, purulent pericarditis remains a life-threatening illness. Unfortunately, the diagnosis is made postmortem in more than half… CONTINUE READING

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