Pericardial Abscess with Tamponade Caused by S. Enteritidis Infection

CASE REPORT, December 2013, VOL II ISSUE IV, ISSN 2042-4884
10.5083/ejcm.20424884.105 , Cite or Link Using DOI
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Panagiotis Artemiou MD PhD, Frantisek Sabol MD PhD, Boris Bily MD, Viktoria Kovacova MD, Daniela Ondusova MD


This is a case report which is describing a 54 years old female who complained of dyspnea and diarrhea and was found to have S. enteritidis pericardial abscess causing compression of the right atrium and ventricle resulting in cardiac tamponade. She was treated with surgery and antibiotics and survived.


Cardiovascular complications of salmonellosis are rare and thought to occur in less than 5% of bacteremias. Most cases of cardiovascular complications occur due to infection with nontyphoidal species such as S. enteritidis, as a result of their propensity to cause bacteremia.

Although the pericardium is rarely involved accounting for less than 2% of cases, the mortality rate may be as high as 50%. We report a case of pericardial abscess with tamponade caused by a S. enteritidis infection.