Surgical treatment of constrictive pericarditis (tuberculous): experience of 30 consecutive cases
Sen, S.K. (1954) Surgical treatment of constrictive pericarditis (tuberculous): experience of 30 consecutive cases. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 1 (4). pp. 142-150.
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It is a paradox that the process of healing of the pleura and pericardium creates a disability greater than the original disease. Constrictive pleuritis is more common; it may be disabling but is rarely fatal while on the other hand Constrictive pericarditis progresses invariably to a fatal conclusion unless treated by surgery. Both may co-exist. In two of our cases there was definite evidence of both diseases. We have, however, not undertaken any simultaneous pericardiectomy and pulmonary decortication. Overholt has reported (Jan. 1951) a case of Constrictive pericarditis and Constrictive pleuritis of unusual origin. He treated the case with a combined operation by a posterior approach.
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