Refractory Recurrent Pericarditis After Pericardiectomy in a Young Woman

Hassan Mehmood Lak, Chris M. Anthony, Muhammad M. Furqan, Beni Rai Verma, Mohamed Gad, Sanchit Chawla, Farah Yasmin, Deborah H. Kwon, Douglas R. Johnston, Allan L. Klein*

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Pericardiectomy is the recommended treatment for patients with recurrent pericarditis and refractory symptoms despite optimal anti-inflammatory therapy. We present a case of a 40-year-old woman who underwent total pericardiectomy after multiple episodes of pericarditis that was refractory to optimal guideline-derived medical therapy, including anti-inflammatory and biologic agents, who continued to have relapsing symptoms even after pericardiectomy. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1877-1882
Number of pages6
JournalJACC: Case Reports
Issue number17
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021


  • adhesions
  • cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
  • pericardiectomy
  • recurrent pericarditis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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