SARS-CoV-2 Complicated by a Large Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion
Grand Strand Medical Center
covid-19, cardiac tamponade, sars-cov-2, hemorrhagic effusion, pericardial effusion
Cardiovascular Diseases | Infectious Disease | Internal Medicine | Virus Diseases
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), primarily a respiratory virus, has also presented with cardiac complications including myocarditis, myocardial infarction, and cardiac arrhythmias. Pericardial effusions are also emerging in the literature as a sequel to this viral infection. A case of a 57-year-old Hispanic female with SARS-CoV-2 infection two months prior with worsening dyspnea on exertion who was found to have a large hemorrhagic pericardial effusion with early tamponade physiology was presented in this article. This case highlights the rare complication and the importance of bedside echocardiogram in patients with recent SARS-CoV-2 infection who present with shortness of breath and other signs of pericardial effusion.
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Abdelsayed N, Mckinney B, Carter M. SARS-CoV-2 Complicated by a Large Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion. Cureus. 2022;14(2):e22282. doi:10.7759/cureus.22282