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Postcardiotomy syndrome: recurrent cardiac tamponade and an exquisite steroid response.
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PMID:  23257941     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A 26-year-old woman presented moribund with fever and pleuritic chest pain 3 times in 4 months following elective aortic root surgery. She was admitted 41 days after surgery with cardiac tamponade requiring surgical drainage twice within 1 week. Despite this, she was re-admitted for a second time 4 days after discharge with persistent pericardial effusion. High fevers and an incidental regurgitant murmur were extensively investigated for and treated as possible endocarditis or graft infection without conclusive results. The patient spent a total of 61 days in hospital during this period, receiving seven different antibiotic courses. Her third admission, with most severe clinical features, nearly led to further surgery and removal of her aortic graft but instead culminated in a multidisciplinary team decision to initiate steroid therapy for postcardiotomy syndrome. A short course of oral prednisolone saw her pericardial effusion and symptoms resolve completely.
Douglas Fink; Alessandra Frigiola; Shay Cullen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-12-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ case reports     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  1757-790X     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ Case Rep     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526291     Medline TA:  BMJ Case Rep     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  IM    
Infection and Immunity, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
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