Pericarditis with massive pericardial effusion: An unusual complication of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Ziad Taimeh, C. Hatfield, R. Husainy, C. Holthauser, A. Pugh, H. Dababneh, A. Martin

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Abstract

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) is a debilitating autoimmune condition associated with a constellation of extrahepatic inflammatory manifestations accentuating its morbidity and mortality. Pericarditis and pericardial effusion had been rarely associated with and inadequately characterized in PBC. We present a challenging case of inflammatory pericarditis and life-threatening massive pericardial effusion in a 49 year old patient with PBC. This complication should be more recognized and appropriately treated to avoid progression to cardiac tamponade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-356
Number of pages3
JournalActa Gastro-Enterologica Belgica
Volume75
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis

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