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Melioidosis Pericarditis Mimicking Tuberculous Pericarditis

Ploenchan Chetchotisakd, Siriluck Anunnatsiri, Songsak Kiatchoosakun and Churairat Kularbkaew

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 51, issue 5, pages e46-e49
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/655699
Melioidosis Pericarditis Mimicking Tuberculous Pericarditis

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Cases of melioidosis (n = 12) and tuberculous pericarditis (n = 33) during 1996–2006 were reviewed. Clinical presentations were similar, but pericardial pathological findings were not. Nine of 12 patients with melioidosis required pericardectomy. In areas where these diseases are endemic, pericardial fluid culture and pericardial biopsy can differentiate between melioidosis and tuberculosis.

Journal Article.  1760 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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