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Aetiology of chronic constrictive pericarditis.
  1. S Blake,
  2. S Bonar,
  3. H O'Neill,
  4. P Hanly,
  5. I Drury,
  6. M Flanagan,
  7. J Garrett


    In a consecutive series of 32 cases of chronic constrictive pericarditis treated by pericardiectomy during the past 25 years, four were attributable to rheumatoid disease, two to trauma, one to sarcoidosis, and four, at a maximum, to tuberculosis. In the remaining 21 cases of undetermined aetiology there was no evidence of tuberculosis. It appears, therefore, that tuberculosis was not a common cause of chronic constrictive pericarditis during the period under review, which included the 1950s and early 1960s when tuberculosis was widespread.

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