Pericarditis may accompany acute myocardial infarction as an insignificant feature or as a major complication which is often associated with pleurisy and not infrequently with pneumonia. The triad, resembling closely the postcardiotomy syndrome, has been referred to as post-myocardial-infarction syndrome.1 One of its characteristic features is a tendency to relapse. The following case is reported because a post-myocardial-infarction syndrome continued to recur over a period of 28 months.
Report of a Case
A 44-year-old man fell ill on Oct. 28, 1956, and had a sensation of severe pressure in the precordial area radiating to the left shoulder and arm. He was hospitalized on the same day, and an electrocardiogram showed features indicative of a recent anteroseptal-wall myocardial infarction. The patient felt better for four days, but on the fifth day he experienced gripping chest pain which was aggravated by supine position and deep inspiration. A pericardial friction rub was
Dressler W, Leavitt SS. PERICARDITIS AFTER ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION: RELAPSES OVER PERIOD OF TWENTY-EIGHT MONTHS. JAMA. 1960;173(11):1225–1226. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.73020290006010b
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