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Impending cardiac tamponade: a case report highlighting the value of bedside echocardiography.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16740452     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cardiac tamponade is a life-threatening process that must be diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion. As blood fills the pericardial sac, right ventricular filling is impeded and cardiac output is diminished, ultimately leading to cardiovascular collapse. Fortunately, emergency ultrasonography has improved the way we manage these patients today. In this report, we discuss a patient with hypotension and tachycardia who was found to have a massive loculated posterior pericardial effusion with impending cardiac tamponade. The diagnosis and appropriate treatment of this patient were rapidly ascertained with the use of bedside echocardiography. We review the literature on emergency ultrasonography, and consider the numerous instances in which emergency echocardiography can be life-saving.
Ali S Price; Stephen J Leech; Paul R Sierzenski
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-02     Completed Date:  2006-10-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  415-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, P.O. Box 6001, Newark, DE 19718, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Pain
Cardiac Tamponade / prevention & control*
Emergency Service, Hospital
Pericardial Effusion / etiology,  ultrasonography*
Point-of-Care Systems*

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