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Echocardiographic diagnosis of acute pericardial effusion in penetrating chest trauma



Echocardiographic diagnosis of acute pericardial effusion in penetrating chest trauma



American Journal of Emergency Medicine 6(1): 21-23



Pericardial tamponade persists as a diagnostic challenge to the clinician. The immediate diagnosis is particularly difficult when the patient is well compensated hemodynamically. In contrast to the deceptively stable appearance, the patient is at increased risk due to delayed onset, recognition, and therapy. A case of penetrating thoracic trauma is presented in which the concern about pericardial tamponade was considerable. However, the elements of clinical assessment were inconclusive. Two-dimensional echocardiography was employed in the emergency department to detect a pericardial effusion and thus avoid delayed management. Pericardial tamponade and associated vascular injuries were confirmed at surgery.

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DOI: 10.1016/0735-6757(88)90198-2


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