n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - From the editor's desk

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



A patient presenting with a large pericardial effusion of uncertain aetiology is a relatively common clinical problem facing practitioners in Africa. The optimal management of such patients, particularly in resource-constrained environments, remains unclear. Tuberculosis is generally considered to be the most important likely cause, particularly if numerous fibrin strands are seen to be present on echocardiography, and many practitioners would advocate the immediate institution of treatment for this disease under these circumstances. The issue is far from clear however.

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