Primary meningococcal pericarditis in a pregnant woman

Andrei Braester, David Nusem, Yvona Horn

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Pericardial effusion is an unusual complication of meningitis due to Neisseria meningitidis. Primary meningococcal pericarditis without signs of meningitis is rare. Only 18 cases have been described in the literature. The first case was reported in 1939 and the others since 1971. We report a case of primary meningococcal pericarditis in a pregnant woman. Improvement followed prompt antibiotic therapy. Fetal death necessitated abortion by curettage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • pericarditis
  • pregnancy


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