A case of purulent pericarditis caused by Haemophilus influenzae serotype b

P. Zangari, A. Santilli, V. Santilli, N. Cotugno, F. I. Calò Carducci, P. D'Argenio

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Abstract

Purulent pericarditis is a rare but life-threatening cardiac emergency. The epidemiology and infectious etiology of the illness changed over time because of prevention and therapeutic strategies. Today isolation of Haemophilus influenzae serotype b (Hib) from the pericardial space is rarely observed. After the widespread of antibiotics and introduction of Hib conjugate immunization in industrialized countries the annual incidence of Hib invasive diseases has greatly decreased from 4.78/100 000 persons to 0.44/100 000 persons among children aged

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalGazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche
Volume170
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b polysaccharide vaccine
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericarditis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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