What are the clinical features of purulent or suppurative pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Purulent or suppurative pericarditis due to causative organisms may arise from direct extension, hematogenous seeding, lymphatic extension, or by direct introduction during cardiotomy. Immunosuppression facilitates this condition. Clinical features include fever, chills, and spiking temperatures. Constrictive pericarditis is a serious potential complication.


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