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May 1989

Chronic Constrictive Pericarditis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine (Drs Nahass and Gocke), and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery (Drs Scholz and Mackenzie), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ.

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(5):1202-1203. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390050152033

• Actinomycosis is typically a chronic infection of the cervicofascial, thoracic, or abdominal region. Involvement of the heart occurs but is unusual. We present a case of chronic constrictive pericarditis caused by actinomycetes. The actinomycosis infection was present for 20 years, thereby representing the longest duration reported in the literature, to our knowledge.

(Arch Intern Med. 1989;149:1202-1203)

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