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Unexplained recurrent pericardial effusion: a lethal warning?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12591862     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case of a 37 year old man with cardiac angiosarcoma causing recurrent pericardial effusion, who eventually died of cardiac rupture, is presented. The diagnosis was not established until the postmortem examination despite echocardiography, pericardiocentesis, and pericardial biopsy investigations. There is neither a specific manifestation that enables early recognition nor well proven effective treatment against this disease. Accordingly, the prognosis of cardiac angiosarcoma remains grave. A high index of suspicion is recommended in patients who present with unexplained pericardial effusion.
C H Lee; G S W Chan; W M Chan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart (British Cardiac Society)     Volume:  89     ISSN:  1468-201X     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-19     Completed Date:  2003-03-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602087     Medline TA:  Heart     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e11     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
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MeSH Terms
Fatal Outcome
Heart Neoplasms / complications*,  pathology
Heart Rupture / etiology*
Hemangiosarcoma / complications*,  pathology
Pericardial Effusion / etiology*

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