What is hemorrhagic pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Hemorrhagic pericarditis involves blood mixed with a fibrinous or suppurative effusion, and it is most commonly caused by tuberculosis or direct neoplastic invasion. This condition can also occur in severe bacterial infections or in patients with a bleeding diathesis. Hemorrhagic pericarditis is common after cardiac surgery or trauma and may cause tamponade. The clinical significance is similar to suppurative pericarditis.


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