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Pneumococcal pericarditis presenting as an out of hospital cardiopulmonary arrest.
  1. A R Wass,
  2. P Mann,
  3. J I Wilson
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield, Yorkshire.


    Serious complications of pneumococcal pneumonia have become uncommon with effective antibiotic treatment. Purulent pericarditis is a rare though well described complication of untreated pneumococcal sepsis. A case of untreated pneumococcal pneumonia complicated by purulent pericarditis is described. This presented as an out of hospital asystolic cardiopulmonary arrest.

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