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Revista Colombiana de Cardiología

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SOTO, Mariana et al. Pericarditis postraumática como manifestación del síndrome de lesión postcardiaca: Post-traumatic pericarditis as a manifestation of post cardiac injury syndrome. Rev. Colomb. Cardiol. [online]. 2016, vol.23, n.3, pp.229.e1-229.e4. ISSN 0120-5633.

Constrictive pericarditis occurs when thickened and calcified pericardium prevents adequate ventricular filling and consequently causes a limitation of the total cardiac output. Currently, one of its most common causes is cardiac trauma. Clinical conditions of pericarditis secondary to pericardial injury constitute the post cardiac injury syndrome which includes post-infarction pericarditis or Dressler syndrome, post-pericardiotomy syndrome and post-traumatic pericarditis. It was decided to use this new term to the extent that is more inclusive, since the initial injury may also be in the myocardium and not only in the pericardium. Its pathophysiology is not completely understood, but is believed to have both an inflammatory and an autoimmune component. Usually it is a diagnosis of exclusion that requires definitive treatment with pericardiectomy. The case of a patient with constrictive pericarditis subsequent to a closed chest trauma is reported.

Keywords : Pericarditis; Inflammation; Immunology.

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