What is the role of tuberculosis in the etiology of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Tuberculosis accounts for 4% of cases and should be considered in all instances of pericarditis without a rapid course, especially in high-risk groups, such as elderly patients in nursing homes and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). [15] Approximately 50% of affected patients develop constrictive pericarditis. On rare occasion, acute purulent pericarditis is caused by coinfection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis and S aureus, and this may be the first manifestation of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). [16]

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