Coccidioidal pericarditis: Implications of surgical treatment in the elderly

Antonio L. Visbal, Patrick A. DeValeria, Janis E. Blair, Matthew A. Zarka, Louis A. Lanza

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Coccidioidal pericarditis, an uncommonly diagnosed entity, may evolve to a constrictive process. Constrictive coccidioidal pericarditis requires pericardiectomy and antifungal therapy. In the elderly, pericardiectomy may be complicated by coagulopathy and septic shock. Despite potential toxicity, use of antifungal therapy early postoperatively offers the best chance for survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1328-1330
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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