Vol 16, No 5 (2009)
Images in Cardiology
Published online: 2009-07-31

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Tension pneumopericardium after removal of pericardiocentesis drainage catheter

Hye Ryun Kim, Donghoon Choi, Joo Won Chung, Young Nam Youn, Chi Young Shim
Cardiol J 2009;16(5):477-478.


This image showed tension pneumopericardium caused by removing the pericardiocentesis catheter, which was inserted to drain malignant pericardial effusion. Tension pneumopericardium is a rare and potentially fatal event. Mortality from tension pneumopericardium can be as high as 50%. Therefore, it is important to suspect and detect early, if the patient complained of dyspnea after removing the pericardiocentesis drainage catheter

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