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A progressive pericardial effusion caused by psittacosis.
  1. S R Page,
  2. J T Stewart,
  3. J J Bernstein
  1. Department of Medicine II, St George's Hospital, London.


    A patient developed signs of a progressive pericardial effusion over a period of eight days. Diagnostic and therapeutic pericardiocentesis was performed. Viral titres to psittacosis rose from less than 1:8 to greater than 1:256 indicating recent infection.

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