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Constrictive Pericarditis–A Cloak Camouflaging Lymphoma

Venugopala, Delanthabettu, Dsouza, Nikhil Victor, Acharya, Vishak, Rai, Maneesh, Venkataramana, Chaithra Gowthuvalli, Boussios, Stergios (2023) Constrictive Pericarditis–A Cloak Camouflaging Lymphoma. Hematology Reports, 15 (1). pp. 166-171. ISSN 2038-8330. (doi:10.3390/hematolrep15010017) (KAR id:100427)


Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma presenting as a primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is extremely unusual. Having a predilection for the right side of the heart and accounting for 1% of all cardiac tumours, the difficulty in diagnosing the lesion, owing to the location and vague presenting symptoms and signs, often leads to delayed diagnosis and poor prognosis. In our case report, a middle-aged male was diagnosed with PCL presenting as pyrexia of unknown origin with the help of F18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18 FDG-PET). PET-CT is an invaluable tool in patients with pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO), especially caused by neoplasms as it helps in localizing the target lesion, aiding in selecting the appropriate intervention for rapid tissue diagnosis. This case serves to sensitize the physicians of PCL presenting with PUO and mimicking a relatively common cardiac tumour such as atrial myxoma.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3390/hematolrep15010017
Uncontrolled keywords: constrictive pericarditis; diffuse large B cell lymphoma; FDG PET-CT scan; diagnostic challenge; primary cardiac lymphoma
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Kent and Medway Medical School
Funders: University of Kent (
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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2023 14:37 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 15:39 UTC
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