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September 1983

Hemophilus influenzae Pericarditis in Adults

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Evanston (Ill) Hospital, Northwestern University School of Medicine. Dr Buckingham is now with the St Louis University School of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(9):1809-1810. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350090191036

• We saw an unusual case of spontaneous Hemophilus influenzae purulent pericarditis in an adult. Counterimmunoelectrophoresis (CIE) of the pericardial fluid may be used to make an early, accurate diagnosis. Treatment should include pericardectomy and immediate use of both ampicillin sodium and chloramphenicol sodium succinate, until the sensitivity of the organism is known.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:1809-1810)