Case Report

Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Pericarditis Presenting as Cardiac Tamponade

Authors: M. Ammar Hussam, MD, M. F. R. Fouda Ragai, MD, PhD, MRCP, M. F. R. Fouda Iman, MD, Abir Zakaria, MD, PhD


Chest computed tomography showed pericardial effusion and bilateral small pleural effusion in a 19-year-old patient. Nine hundred mL of yellow purulent fluid was drained by pericardiocentesis. Culture of the fluid grew methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Our patient denied history of previous hospitalization, surgical procedures, or illicit drug use and antibiotic sensitivity was typical of that of community acquired (CA)-MRSA. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of CA-MRSA pericarditis to be reported in Egypt and the third to be reported in English literature.

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