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Systemic lupus erythematosus presenting as effuso-constrictive pericarditis.
  1. S. R. McMechan,
  2. B. M. McClements,
  3. P. P. McKeown,
  4. S. W. Webb,
  5. A. A. Adgey
  1. Regional Medical Cardiology Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


    We describe a 62-year-old woman in whom systemic lupus erythematosus presented as life-threatening effuso-constrictive pericarditis. Surgical drainage of the pericardium was required and the patient made a satisfactory recovery. At six-months follow-up, while taking hydroxychloroquine and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent, she remains well.

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