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Tuberculosis infection of the membrane around the heart is uncommon but life threatening. There is little reliable research on best practice in relation to what drugs to give and when and how to operate.

Currently doctors prescribe antituberculous drugs and remove the membrane if it is making the patient ill. However, doctors vary in the way they manage this condition in terms of what antituberculous drugs to give and when to operate. We found no clinical trials that tackled the length of anti‐TB treatment needed. Trials of steroids given with antituberculous drugs suggest possible benefit, but this was not demonstrated conclusively. Open surgical drainage of the fluid accumulating between the heart and the membrane using general anaesthesia was associated with less life threatening re‐accumulation of fluid (cardiac tamponade), but with more deaths, but conclusions are not possible as the numbers of patients studied was too small.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2009

Cardiopulmonary Syndromes (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about common conditions that produce chest symptoms. The cardiopulmonary syndromes addressed in this summary are cancer-related dyspnea, malignant pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, and superior vena cava syndrome.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 31, 2016

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