Severe Right Ventricular Failure Following Pericardiocentesis: A Case Report of Pericardial Decompression Syndrome

Sergio A. Perez, Jennifer Amastha, Louis Vincent, Carlos E. Alfonso, Eduardo de Marchena

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Abstract

Pericardial decompression syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal complication following pericardiocentesis, is defined as paradoxical hemodynamic deterioration. The exact pathophysiology is unknown, but it is likely that several mechanisms involving hemodynamic, ischemic, and autonomic imbalance play a role. There is no specific treatment; however, early supportive interventions should be implemented. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalJACC: Case Reports
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • cardiogenic shock
  • cardiomyopathy
  • pericardial tamponade
  • right ventricular dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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