Pericardial Effusion with Tamponade: Bedside Ultrasonography Saves Another Life
Osceola Regional Medical Center
pericardial tamponade, bedside ultrasonography, acute dyspnea, heart diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases | Diagnosis | Emergency Medicine
In these video clinical images, the authors present the cause for an elderly gentleman’s shortness of breath. It was presumed to be an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition for which he was in the process of being evaluated. However, bedside ultrasonography revealed a large pericardial effusion with tamponade. This timely diagnosis resulted in the patient being taken expeditiously to the operating room and saving his life.
Publisher or Conference
International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Rosario, J., Mangal, R., Houck, J. et al. Pericardial effusion with tamponade: bedside ultrasonography saves another life. Int J Emerg Med 13, 3 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12245-019-0257-4