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Pericardiectomy for chronic constrictive tuberculous pericarditis: risks and predictors of survival.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12959199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We performed this study to determine the predictors of early and long-term survival in the surgical treatment of tuberculous pericarditis and to examine the risks of pericardiectomy and the functional outcome in patients after surgery. A retrospective analysis was undertaken in 36 consecutive patients, 26 female and 10 male, with a mean age 32.2 +/- 16.3, who underwent pericardiectomy for chronic constrictive pericarditis from February 1985 to February 2002. All patients received antitubercular therapy in the postoperative period. The operative mortality rate was 6% (2 patients); the cause of death in both cases was severe low-cardiac-output syndrome. Nonfatal intraoperative complications affected 3 patients (8%). The median stay in the intensive care unit was 3.7 +/- 3.1 days. The median hospital stay was 14 +/- 2.6 days. The median ventilation time was 11.9 +/- 1.8 hours. The median volume of blood transfused was 2.1 +/- 1.6 units. Advanced age, atrial fibrillation, concomitant tricuspid insufficiency, inotropic support and low cardiac output were significant negative predictors of survival, according to univariate analysis. There were 4 late deaths. Actuarial survival at 5 years was 75.9% +/- 9.14%. At the 1-year follow-up examination, improved functional status was noted in 88% of patients. We suggest that pericardiectomy be performed early and as radically as possible, in an effort to prevent chronic illness. A combination of chemotherapy and surgery yields gratifying results in the treatment of tuberculous pericarditis.
Nilgun Bozbuga; Vedat Erentug; Ercan Eren; Hasan Basri Erdogan; Kaan Kirali; Arzu Antal; Esat Akinci; Cavat Yakut
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0730-2347     ISO Abbreviation:  Tex Heart Inst J     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-08     Completed Date:  2004-01-13     Revised Date:  2013-04-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214622     Medline TA:  Tex Heart Inst J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  180-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kosuyolu Heart and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Middle Aged
Pericardiectomy / adverse effects*
Pericarditis, Constrictive / mortality*,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Pericarditis, Tuberculous / mortality*,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Predictive Value of Tests
Recovery of Function / physiology
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Survival Rate
Time Factors

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