MOFFITT CARDIOLOGY REPORT PEARLS 1/17/17: SLE and Pericardial Effusions!


Thanks to Nancy and Megan for presenting the case of a young woman with lupus who had a large pericardial effusion and knee effusion!


Top Pearls:

  1. Pericardial fluid analysis is low yield for new pericardial effusions; pericardial tissue is more helpful.
  2. Common causes of pericardial effusion include TB, post-MI, malignancy, and autoimmune (RA and SLE).
  3. 50% of lupus patients will have a cardiac manifestation at some point in their life!


For those who want more info:

See these prior Moffitt pearls about cardiac manifestations of lupus:

And a couple prior Moffitt pearls on pericardial effusions!



Have a great day everyone!




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