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November 1962

Coxsackie B-5 Pericarditis in Pregnancy

Author Affiliations

ALBANY, N.Y.

From the Division of Laboratories and Research, New York State Department of Health, and the Department of Medicine, Albany Medical College.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(5):735-738. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620230181024
Abstract

The clinical spectrum of Coxsackie B infections includes pleurodynia, myocarditis of the newborn, aseptic meningitis, and, recently, acute benign pericarditis. The importance of Coxsackie virus in the production of pericarditis is reflected in a number of case reports.1-12 With certain types of Group B the number of such cases is limited. Information is not available on its incidence in a given outbreak or in reference to a clinical setting that might show susceptibility on the part of patients.

This report presents 3 cases of pericarditis in pregnant women, which occurred during an outbreak of Coxsackie Group B, Type 5 infections in the Albany area during the summer and autumn of 1961. The 16 hospitalized cases clinically diagnosed as viral infections are summarized in Table 1. Table 2 summarizes 104 cases occurring in other areas of "upstate" New York, exclusive of New York City, during the same period, from which

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