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June 1982

Pericarditis in a Patient With Legionnaires' Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine (Drs Landes, Skillman, and Brewer) and the Mid-American Heart Institute (Drs Pogson and Beauchamp), St Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(6):1234-1235. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340190194033

• Pericardial involvement with legionnaires' disease is rare. Pericarditis with legionnaires' pneumonia developed in a patient with previous mediastinal irradiation for Hodgkin's disease. Subsequently, the patient had progressive symptoms of pericardial constriction that required pericardiectomy. Acute infection with agents such as legionnaires' bacillus may precipitate the late appearance of pericardial disease in patients with previous mediastinal irradiation.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1234-1235)