Acute bacterial pericarditis is rarely encountered in the modern antibiotic era. Purulent pericarditis is a serious form of bacterial pericarditis with high mortality. It can rapidly progress to cardiac tamponade, leading to hemodynamic instability, septic shock, and death if left untreated. Here we present a case of massive purulent pericarditis with cardiac tamponade that was successfully managed with intravenous antibiotics and drainage in a young immunocompetent man.
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