n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - An unusual cause of a large fibrinous pericardial effusion : case report
|Article Title||An unusual cause of a large fibrinous pericardial effusion : case report|
|© Publisher:||Clinics Cardive Publishing|
|Journal||Cardiovascular Journal of Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Zimbabwe, 2 University of Zimbabwe, 3 University of Zimbabwe and 4 University of Zimbabwe|
|Publication Date||May 2015|
|Pages||7 - 10|
|Keyword(s)||Angiosarcoma, Fibrinous pericardial effusion and Tuberculosis (TB)|
The commonest cause of a large fibrinous pericardial effusion in sub-Saharan Africa is tuberculosis. There are, however, limited resources available for making a definitive diagnosis of tuberculous pericarditis. The diagnosis is largely based on clinical criteria. There is a risk of misdiagnosing less-common causes of large fibrinous pericardial effusions. We present a patient who had a pericardial angiosarcoma that was initially thought to be a tuberculous pericardial effusion, and discuss the challenges in making a definitive diagnosis of tuberculosis.
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