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Diagnosis of cardiac tamponade

J M Madrid Pérez, P M García Barquín, A J Villanueva Marcos, J I García Bolao, G Bastarrika Alemañ
OBJECTIVE: Radiofrequency ablation is an efficacious alternative in patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation who do not respond to or are intolerant to at least one class I or class III antiarrhythmic drug. Although radiofrequency ablation is a safe procedure, complications can occur. Depending on the location, these complications can be classified into those that affect the pulmonary veins themselves, cardiac complications, extracardiac intrathoracic complications, remote complications, and those that result from vascular access...
October 18, 2016: Radiología
Balaji K Tamarappoo, Allan L Klein
Post-pericardiotomy syndrome (PPS) occurs in a subgroup of patients who have undergone cardiothoracic surgery and is characterized by fever, pleuritic pain, pleural effusion, and pericardial effusion. It is associated with significant morbidity, and the leading complications include tamponade and constrictive pericarditis. Epidemiologic studies have found that PPS often occurs among younger patients; however, there is a lack of comprehensive risk stratification. It is therefore important to be able to identify patients who are at high risk for developing this disease...
November 2016: Current Cardiology Reports
Silvana Arciniegas Rodriguez, Tony Zitek, Richard Sterett, David G Nelson
In the pediatric population, cardiac tamponade may present with altered mental status without any clear signs of trauma. Bedside ultrasound is essential to the early diagnosis of this condition. We describe the case of a 5-year-old boy who sustained a potentially fatal, unrecognized trauma to his chest resulting in cardiac tamponade.
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Balraj Singh, Jennifer M Treece, Ghulam Murtaza, Samit Bhatheja, Steven J Lavine, Timir K Paul
A young otherwise healthy 27-year-old male who has been using anabolic steroids for a long time developed Type I aortic dissection associated with heavy weightlifting. The patient did not have a recent history of trauma to the chest, no history of hypertension, and no illicit drug use. He presented with severe chest pain radiating to back and syncopal event with exertion. Initial vitals were significant for blood pressure of 80/50 mmHg, pulse of 80 beats per minute, respirations of 24 per minute, and oxygen saturation of 92% on room air...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Ravi Varshney, Matthew Chamberlain, Erin Rayner-Hartley, Edel Kelliher, Arthur Lee, Richard Cook, Anthony Fung, Kenneth Gin, Parvathy Nair, Teresa S M Tsang
Formation of an intramural left atrial hematoma (ILAH) is a rare complication of coronary artery stenting. Rapid diagnosis with noninvasive multimodality imaging can potentially be lifesaving. We report a case of ILAH that resulted in left ventricular inflow obstruction and pericardial tamponade in a 55-year-old male who presented with hemodynamic instability and worsening dyspnea three weeks after seemingly uncomplicated left circumflex artery stenting. We demonstrate features on transthoracic echocardiography with contrast and cardiac computed tomography that were used for diagnosis and management...
October 13, 2016: Echocardiography
Li-Sheng Hsu, Jen-Te Hsu, Min-Lang Chen, Chien-Lin Liao
BACKGROUND: Epicardial pacing wires (EPWs) are commonly employed for diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmia in the acute phase after cardiac surgery. Although rare, retained EPWs may cause mild-to-catastrophic complications. The present case demonstrates hemopericardium caused by a mobile retained EPW. METHODS: A 49-year-old woman presented to our emergency department with clinical signs of impending cardiac tamponade. She had undergone ventricular septal defect repair 7 years before this admission...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Benjamin James Kurth, Vanya Wagler, Michael Keith
In connective tissue disorders, the incidence of pericardial disease and pericardial effusion can be up to 58%, and if untreated, it can lead to cardiac tamponade which can be fatal. Physicians must have a high index of suspicion for this disease as diagnosis can be delayed while evaluating more common causes of tachycardia and hypotension in the immunosuppressed (ie, sepsis). We present a 55-year-old woman with a severe case of dermatomyositis, marked by significant weight loss, a bedridden state and hallmark cutaneous findings...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Davide Rigamonti, Giacomo D Simonetti
: Overhydration, hypertension, anemia, or dyselectrolytemias sometimes cause cardiovascular impairment in childhood hemolytic-uremic syndrome. Here, we report the case of a 4.5-year-old boy with hemolytic-uremic syndrome and sudden onset, 6 h later, of hemodynamic compromise secondary to a cardiac thrombotic micro-angiopathy. The child died. In the literature, we found 18 further cases with cardiac compromise ≤25 days after diagnosis. The following causes were found: micro-angiopathy, pericardial blood causing tamponade, and myocarditis...
September 23, 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
Fahad Almehmadi, Mark Chandy, Kim A Connelly, Jeremy Edwards
Delayed cardiac tamponade after a penetrating chest injury is a rare complication. The clinical diagnosis of tamponade is facilitated with imaging. We present a case report of a 23-year-old male who was brought to emergency after multiple stab wounds to the chest. After resuscitation and repair of laceration of right internal mammary artery and right ventricle, he was discharged but later returned with shortness of breath. Echocardiography revealed a rare case of delayed pericardial tamponade causing left ventricular collapse...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Rakul Nambiar, Sunil Prasobh Prabhakaran, Padmakumar Rajasekharan Pillai, D Dalus
We report a case of gastric signet cell carcinoma, presenting as cardiac tamponade, in a young male patient. The diagnosis of gastric signet cell carcinoma was confirmed by immunohistochemistry of the lymph node specimen in our patient.
October 2015: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Kristin Carmody, Michael Asaly, Uché Blackstock
BACKGROUND: Although thoracic aortic dissections are uncommon in young patients, they must be considered in the differential diagnosis in the presence of chest pain and abnormal vital signs. Although computed tomography angiography is the test of choice for thoracic dissection in the emergency department, point of care (POC) transthoracic echocardiography has a high specificity in the diagnosis of this disease. It is especially helpful in patients with proximal ascending dissections in the presence of a pericardial effusion...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Stefano Poli, Manola Comar, Roberto Luzzati, Gianfranco Sinagra
Biological immune-modulator drugs, especially inhibitors of tumor necrosis factor-α, are frequently encountered in modern clinical practice and opportunistic infections are therefore a common concern. Infective pericarditis has been described as a complication of these treatments with possible life-threatening consequences. In similar cases cultures may isolate multiple opportunistic bacteria from the pericardial fluid without specific identification of the responsible germ, representing a problem for targeted antibiotic therapy...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Emeka B Kesieme, Peter O Okokhere, Christopher Ojemiega Iruolagbe, Angela Odike, Clifford Owobu, Theophilus Akhigbe
Background. The diagnosis and treatment of massive pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade have evolved over the years with a tendency towards a more comprehensive diagnostic workup and less traumatic intervention. Method. We reviewed and analysed the data of 32 consecutive patients who underwent surgery on account of massive pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade in a semiurban university hospital in Nigeria from February 2010 to February 2016. Results. The majority of patients (34.4%) were between 31 and 40 years...
2016: Advances in Medicine
Jon Persichino, Roger Garrison, Rajagopal Krishnan, Made Sutjita
BACKGROUND: Coxsackie B is a viral pathogen that presents with various invasive diseases in adults. Historically, the majority of adult cases with pericarditis or myocarditis have been attributed to coxsackievirus B. The presentation of this viral infection causing effusive-constrictive pericarditis, hepatitis or pancreatitis is rare. This case report is the first to describe a patient with concomitant effusive-constrictive pericarditis, hepatitis and pancreatitis from possible coxsackievirus B infection...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Sunil D Shewale, Prabhavathi Bhat, Anshul Kumar Gupta, Cholenahally Nanjappa Manjunath
Spindle cell sarcomas of the right atrium are extremely rare primary cardiac tumours with very few cases reported in the medical literature. The prognosis of this malignant neoplasm remains poor due to delay in diagnosis, early metastasis and few available therapeutic options. It responds poorly to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Surgical excision is the mainstay of treatment. We report a 42-year-old man, who presented to emergency room with dyspnoea and fatigue (New York Heart Association classification II) since 1 month...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Yael Abitbol, David Laharie, Jacques Cosnes, Matthieu Allez, Stéphane Nancey, Aurélien Amiot, Alexandre Aubourg, Mathurin Fumery, Romain Altwegg, Pierre Michetti, Elise Chanteloup, Philippe Seksik, Clotilde Baudry, Mathurin Flamant, Guillaume Bouguen, Carmen Stefanescu, Anne Bourrier, Gilles Bommelaer, Nina Dib, Marc André Bigard, Stephanie Viennot, Xavier Hébuterne, Jean-Marc Gornet, Philippe Marteau, Yoram Bouhnik, Vered Abitbol, Stéphane Nahon
AIM: to describe the characteristics of incident cases of tuberculosis [TB] despite negative TB screening tests, in patients with inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] undergoing anti-TNF treatment, and to identify the risk factors involved. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study was conducted at GETAID centers on all IBD patients undergoing anti-TNF treatment who developed TB even though their initial screening test results were negative. The following data were collected using a standardized anonymous questionnaire: IBD, and TB characteristics and evolution, initial screening methods and results, and time before anti-TNF treatment was restarted...
October 2016: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
Yuan-Hao Liu, Hung-Yen Ke, Yi-Chang Lin, Chien-Sung Tsai
BACKGROUND: Acute aortic syndrome, including classic aortic dissection, intramural aortic hematoma, and penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer (PAU), is a term used to describe a group of conditions with similar clinical symptoms, but with different pathophysiological mechanisms. PAU is a lesion that penetrates the internal elastic lamina through the media. It is usually located in the descending aorta and rarely observed in the ascending aorta. CASE PRESENTATION: A 76-year-old man with a history of essential hypertension was brought to the emergency department (ED) because of a sudden-onset chest pain at rest...
2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Mariana Mihăilă, V Herlea, Camelia Dobrea, Ioana Lupescu, Gina Rusu Munteanu, Grethi Chiriac, L Micu, R Serescu, I Copaci
We present the case of a 76 year old female patient admitted in the Department of Cardiology for physical asthenia, profuse sweating and dyspnea with orthopnea for about one month. Clinical and paraclinical assessments performed at admission confirmed the diagnosis of cardiac tamponade. Surgical intervention was performed and 400 mL of clear effusion were drained. Post-operative evolution was marked by recurrence of symptoms, requiring after 3 weeks a new drainage of 600 mL of clear effusion, and biopsy of the pericardium was performed...
April 2016: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
James Patrick Davidson, Tara M Connelly, Eileen Libove, Rafel Tappouni
BACKGROUND: Gastropericardial fistula, a rare condition characterized by an abnormal communication between the stomach and the pericardium, is an emergency as sequelae such as cardiac tamponade and sepsis may lead to hemodynamic instability and death. We aimed to summarize the surgical and radiologic findings of the reported cases published to date, describe their pertinent surgical history, and present an algorithm for diagnosis. METHODS: The Pubmed database was searched using the terms: gastropericardial, pericardiogastric, pneumopericardium, pericardial, and pneumopericardium with the term "fistula" added to each term...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Younes Nozari, Masih Tajdini, Mehdi Mehrani, Rosa Ghaderpanah
Distinguishing ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) differential diagnoses is more challenging. Myopericarditis is one of these differentials that results from viral involvement of myocardium and pericardium of the heart. Myopericarditis in focal form can mimic acute STEMI in its electrocardiogram (ECG) features and elevated cardiac enzymes. Myocarditis patients may face thrombolytic related complications such as intracranial bleeding, myocardial rupture, and hemorrhagic cardiac tamponade. Furthermore, re-administration of streptokinase (a common thrombolytic agent in our country) is banned for at least six months of previous administration; however, it can save patients' lives in emergency conditions such as massive pulmonary embolism...
2016: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
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