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Chronic constrictive pericarditis caused by self-mutilation with sewing needles. A case report and review of published reports.
  1. B E Keogh,
  2. C M Oakley,
  3. K M Taylor
  1. Department of Cardiac Surgery, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London.


    A 34 year old woman with a history of self-mutilation developed severe constrictive pericarditis with sterile, calcified intrapericardial abscess cavities as a result of inserting sewing needles into her chest seven years previously. After pericardiectomy she made a good recovery.

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