bloody pericardial effusion

bloody pericardial effusion

The presence of haemorrhagic protein-rich fluid in the pericardium which, if sufficient and it accumulates rapidly enough, may cause cardiac tamponade.

Bloody pericardial effusion, aetiology
Malignancy
• Primary—mesothelioma.
• Metastatic—Lung, breast, lymphoma, leukaemia; less often thyroid, endometrial.
Cardiac
• Acute MI;
• Post-heart surgery;
• Aortic dissection.
Trauma
Autoimmune
Infectious (e.g., Coxsackie B6)
Post-irradiation
Thrombocytopaenia
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The bloody pericardial effusion was drained out for symptom relief.
During the procedure, the cardiac surgeon opened the chest with a mini-sternotomy to expose the heart and tapped a bloody pericardial effusion that quickly reaccumulated.