Case Report

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Presenting as Constrictive Pericarditis: A Rare Case Report


Constrictive pericarditis (CP) is an uncommon post inflammatory disorder. It is described as pericardial thickening, myocardial constriction, and impaired diastolic filling. The most common etiologies are idiopathy, mediastinal radiotherapy, and prior cardiac surgery. Less common etiologies include viral infections, collagen vascular disorders, renal failure, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and blunt chest trauma. CP can less commonly be caused by malignancy. We report a very rare case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) presenting twice with attacks of decompensated heart failure. Echocardiography revealed that CP was responsible for the patient's symptoms as the first manifestation of NHL. Chest computed tomography scan and biopsy findings were compatible with the diagnosis of NHL. The patient received R-CHOP (cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, Oncovin®, and prednisone or prednisolone, combined with the monoclonal antibody rituximab) chemotherapy. Three months later, there was significant improvement in the patient’s symptoms and considerable decrease in pericardial thickness.

IssueVol 11 No 2 (2016): J Teh Univ Heart Ctr QRcode
SectionCase Report(s)
Pericarditis constrictive • Lymphoma non- Hodgkin • Diagnosis

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Nabati M, Yosofnezhad K, Taghavi M, Abbasi A, Ghaemian A. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Presenting as Constrictive Pericarditis: A Rare Case Report. J Tehran Heart Cent. 2016;11(2):92-97.