Purulent constrictive pericarditis caused by Salmonella enteritidis in a patient with adult-onset Still's disease: A case report

Chia Cheng Kuo, Wen Liang Yu, Chen Hui Lee, Nan Chun Wu

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Rationale:Purulent pericarditis is a rare and usually fatal disease. Immunodeficiency state and preexisting pericardial effusion can predispose patients to infections. However, we are not aware of similar cases in patients with adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). In addition, it is seldom caused by Salmonella bacteria.Patient Concerns:We report a 30-year-old woman with dyspnea on exertion and epigastric fullness. She was newly diagnosed with AOSD 4 months previously and medicated with prednisolone.Diagnoses:Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and computed tomography revealed a thickened pericardium with loculations in the pericardial space, consistent with purulent constrictive pericarditis. Subsequent cultures of blood and pericardial fluid yielded S enteritidis.Interventions:She underwent subtotal pericardiectomy through a limited median sternotomy, and antibiotic therapy (ceftriaxone) for 1 month.Outcomes:The New York Heart Association functional classification downgraded from class III to class I. There was no recurrence during the 1-year follow-up.Lessons:This case presents an opportunity to highlight the importance of considering purulent pericarditis in patients previously diagnosed with AOSD. High clinical suspicion, early diagnosis, and prompt management can result in a better outcome in purulent pericarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere8949
JournalMedicine (United States)
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017



  • Adult-onset Still's disease
  • Constrictive pericarditis
  • Purulent pericarditis
  • Salmonella enteritidis

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  • Medicine(all)

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