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Opportunistic Listeria pericardial effusion.
  1. A. M. Crellin,
  2. D. S. Shareef,
  3. E. J. Maher
  1. Regional Centre for Radiotherapy and Oncology, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, UK.


    A case is described of pericardial effusion due to Listeria monocytogenes infection in a woman with advanced carcinoma of the cervix, rheumatoid arthritis and on corticosteroid therapy. Focal infection with listeria in immunocompromised adults has a high mortality unless promptly diagnosed. The correct diagnosis may have been made if an unexplained pericardial effusion had been tapped.

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