A case of tuberculosis pericarditis with an interesting echocardiographic image

Kursat Arslan, ufuk Taner, Suleyman Cagan Efe, Burak Ayca, Turgut Karabag


Tuberculosis-associated pericardial disorders are an excessively rare manifestation of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. The patients may present with constrictive pericarditis or pericardial fluid accumulation leading to cardiac tamponade. This paper reports a case of tuberculosis-associated pericardial effusion with dense fibrinous material not causing tamponade in a foreigner presenting with nonspecific symptoms. It also provides a discussion about the diagnostic and therapeutic methods as well as interesting echocardiographic images of the patient.


tuberculosis; pericarditis; effusion; echocardiography; fibrin

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11152/mu-1366