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Constrictive pericarditis complicating dermatomyositis.
  1. R Tamir,
  2. A J Pick,
  3. E Theodor
  1. Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Beilinson Medical Center, Petach Tikvah, Israel.


    Chronic constrictive pericarditis may complicate both rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. To our knowledge, however, this is the first time it has been described in a patient with dermatomyositis. This association should be kept in mind as constrictive pericarditis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of liver cirrhosis and Budd-Chiari syndrome in rheumatic diseases.

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