Pericardial effusion as an early complication of acute myocardial infarction.

L. Gould, C. V. Reddy, E. Dimiceli, K. C. Oh, S. G. Kim

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Two days after an acute myocardial infarction, a patient developed pleuropericarditis. A negative lung scan and echocardiographic evidence of pericardial effusion were instrumental in making the diagnosis. Steroid therapy led to a dramatic resolution of the signs and symptoms. Pericardial effusion is usually a late complication of myocardial infarction (Dressler's syndrome), but the increasing use of echocardiography may demonstrate that it occurs early in the course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-109
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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