Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 7–9 | Cite as

The radiological features of histoplasma pericarditis

  • S. G. Kirchner
  • R. M. Heller
  • S. H. Sell
  • W. A. AltemeierIII


The radiographic features of pericarditis due to Histoplasma capsulatum are described in 5 children. This diagnosis is suggested when enlargement of the cardiac silhouette is associated with pneumonia, parenchymal nodules or adenopathy. These findings are particularly significant if the patient lives or has lived in an area which is endemic for histoplasmosis. While pleural effusion is rare in primary histoplasmosis, it is frequently present in patients with histoplasma pericarditis.

Key Words

Histoplasmosis, pericarditis Pericarditis, histoplasma Pericardium, inflammation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. G. Kirchner
    • 1
  • R. M. Heller
    • 1
  • S. H. Sell
    • 2
  • W. A. AltemeierIII
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Radiological SciencesChildren's Hospital of Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsChildren's Hospital of Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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