Large pericardial effusion :a clinical dilemma!

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Large pericardial effusion :a clinical dilemma!

J Assoc Physicians India. 2013 Jul;61(7):507-9

Authors: Ramalingam R, Kadako NS, Pati S, Manjunath CN

A 55yr old gentleman known diabetic and hypertensive presented with breathlessness and tingling sensation of both upper and lower limbs with strong family history of similar neurological problems. On extensive evaluation he was found to have amyloidic peripheral neuropathy with large pericardial effusion. Tubercular etiology was confirmed by pericardial fluid PCR and culture. Here the diagnostic dilemma was whether Amloidosis is primary, secondary to Tubercular pericardial effusion or Hereditary Amyloidosis. In the end, how we have arrived at the diagnosis of Hereditary Amyloidosis based upon the strong family history and nerve biopsy is interestingly presented in the following case report.

PMID: 24772763 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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