Cardiac Involvement in Patients with Pulmonary Tuberculosis 440-442
Francis N P Monteiro, MBBS, MD,
Diplomate NB, Dip. Cyb. Law
Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology,
A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences,
Mangalore: 575004, India.
Phone: +91 9448327389 (R)
Pulmonary tuberculosis is one of the commonest infectious diseases which are encountered in clinical practice, more so in developing countries. Very few studies have been reported regarding the cardiac manifestations of pulmonary tuberculosis. This was an earnest effort in the direction of knowing the cardiac involvement of pulmonary tuberculosis. 50 patients of sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis, without any preexisting heart disease and those who satisfied the inclusion and exclusion criteria, were selected. Detailed investigations were conducted for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis and its cardiac involvement. 12 out of 50 patients had cardiac involvement. Pericardial effusion was the commonest cardiac involvement of pulmonary tuberculosis, followed by myocardial involvement in the form of systolic and diastolic dysfunction.