Bloody pericardial effusion | definition of bloody pericardial effusion by Medical dictionary
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
• Metastatic—Lung, breast, lymphoma, leukaemia; less often thyroid, endometrial.
• Acute MI;
• Post-heart surgery;
• Aortic dissection.
Infectious (e.g., Coxsackie B6)
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References in periodicals archive
The bloody pericardial effusion
was drained out for symptom relief.
Over the next few days, the patient presented with four episodes of bloody pericardial effusion
that required drainage; the last episode required open surgery.
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.