pericardectomy


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pericardectomy

Surgery to remove the pericardium, the membranous sac around the heart.
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In recurrent cases surgical options like pericardectomy can deal best.
This December sees my 80th birthday--fewer than 12 months before yours, I see--which is a big surprise to everyone in view of my three heart attacks, three cancers (colon, liver and lung), three heart ablations and a pericardectomy. As my latest problem (interstitial lung disease) is incurable, I keep my mind off it by continuing to push Below Stairs, a musical I composed to help keep me sane through the first cancer.
Pericardial disease has a broad aetiology, but tuberculous pericarditis is the commonest cause of pericardial effusion, cardiac tamponade, and constrictive pericarditis in SSA, and carries a high mortality rate despite antituberculosis therapy, pericardiocentesis and pericardectomy. [17]
A study by Strang et al showed that corticosteroids group experienced more rapid clinical improvement, a lower rate of requirement of pericardectomy (in case of constrictive pericarditis) and a lower mortality rate from pericarditis at 24 months versus placebo group; but these findings were not statistically significant.9 Early diagnosis, anti-TB chemotherapy,and high doses of steroids has shown to decrease the incidence of pericardial constriction and mortality following TB pericarditis.10