Constrictive pericarditis from Nocardia asteroides infection

Randy Kessler, Fabrizio Follis, Daniel Daube, Jorge Wernly

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Human nocardiosis usually involves the respiratory tract or the skin but may disseminate to virtually any organ. It occurs in immunocompromised hosts as well as individuals with no apparent predisposition. Involvement of the pericardium is uncommon, having been reported infrequently in the past, but mandates surgical management. This report describes the course of a patient with chronic constrictive pericarditis from nocardia successfully treated with pericardiectomy and appropriate antibiotic therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-862
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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