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Pediatr Cardiol. 2002 Jul-Aug;23(4):469-71.

Carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome-associated pericardial effusion treated with corticosteroids and salicylic acid.

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  • 1Stanford University School of Medicine, Room S-005, Stanford, CA 94305-5103, USA.


We describe an infant with a persistent pericardial effusion who was diagnosed with carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome (CDGS)-Ia. She was born with mild dysmorphic features and common cardiac abnormalities. However, she re-presented at 2.5 months of age with a pericardial effusion. We decided to embark on a therapeutic trial of corticosteroids and salicylic acid therapy in an attempt to avoid pericardectomy. After 3 weeks of medical treatment the effusion resolved. This experience allows us to propose that medical management with corticosteroids and salicylic acid can be considered as an alternative to surgical therapy for CDGS-I patients with persistent pericardial effusions.

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