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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 20. No. 2, 2015

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2015;20:110-114

Case Report

Idiopathic Effusive Constrictive Pericarditis in an Adolescent Boy: A Rare Cause of Heart Failure with Diagnostic Difficulty

CY Chow, KS Lun


We reported a 17-year-old adolescent with effusive constrictive pericarditis who presented with progressive heart failure. He was initially diagnosed to have hypereosinophilic syndrome with cardiac manifestation. Extensive workup showed no evidence of haematological malignancy or autoimmume disease. The constrictive pathology was later noted in echocardiography and cardiac catheterisation. Surgical pericardiectomy was curative.


Keyword : Effusive constrictive pericarditis; Heart failure; Pericardiectomy



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