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Tuberculous pericarditis

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The symptoms of acute pericarditis are accompanied by:

  • chronic low-grade fever
  • malaise
  • weight loss

Definitive diagnosis requires pericardial aspiration. The pericardial effusion is usually serous but may be bloody.

Management is by standard anti-tuberculous chemotherapy.

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