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Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1999 Oct;92(10):1381-4.

[Pericardial and myocardial adiastole in rheumatoid polyarthritis].

[Article in French]

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Service des maladies cardiovasculaires, hôpital Cochin, Paris.


The authors describe a case of clinical, echocardiographic and haemodynamic adiastole in a man with severe rheumatoid arthritis with a previous history of pericardial effusion. The adiastole was mixed, fibrous pericarditis, confirmed by ultra fast CT scan and at surgery; myocardial adiastole was suspected on finding thickening of the ventricular walls (in the absence of hypertension and coronary artery disease) and, unfortunately, confirmed by the persistence of adiastole despite very satisfactory pericardectomy. The authors underline the involvement of the three cardiac tunics in rheumatoid arthritis and the value of different diagnostic methods in the differentiation between constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy.

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