TITLE

Spontaneous tension hydropneumopericardium complicating serofibrinous pericarditis

AUTHOR(S)
Wu, Ming; He, Xueming; Yang, Guangzhao
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Mar2006, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p422
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: A hydropneumopericardium is a rare but critical condition, which is mostly ascribed to primary infiltrative lesions from adjacent organs, pericardial infections, or trauma. Although there have been reports about pyopneumopericardium, no case of spontaneous non-purulent hydropneumopericardium has been documented in literature. We report a case of a previously healthy man of spontaneously occurred tension hydropneumopericardium complicating serofibrinous pericarditis. A surgical exploration followed by partial pericardiectomy was performed to stop cardiac tamponade and possible later constriction. Remarkably, no definite pathogenesis was identified despite surgical and laboratory investigations. The spontaneity and management of hydropneumopericardium are discussed.
ACCESSION #
19687959

 

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