Pericardiocentesis Complicated by Pneumopericardium

Tardu Özkartal, Susanne A. Schlossbauer, Francesco Faletra, Giovanni Pedrazzini
2019 JACC Case Reports  
This report presents the case of pneumopericardium with trapped air in the pericardial sac occurring after a pericardiocentesis, probably caused by air leakage secondary to a defect in the drainage system and/or accidental removal of the pericardial tube. This condition is very rare and should be considered in case of hemodynamic worsening despite complete evacuation of the pericardial effusion, since immediate recognition and treatment are crucial. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.) (J Am
more » ... rmediate.) (J Am Coll Cardiol Case Rep 2019;1:249-50)
doi:10.1016/j.jaccas.2019.06.024 fatcat:hxhhlx2dnvgd5m2ysbimm5kqvu