Abnormal wall movements of the right ventricle and both atria in patients with pericardial effusion as indicators of cardiac tamponade.


A retrospective study on 126 patients with pericardial effusion showed cardiac tamponade to be present in 39 patients and absent in 87. We evaluated the distribution of the pericardial effusion as well as the effect of hydrodynamic compression on the different heart chambers. Small to large volumes of pericardial fluid were found in both groups of patients… (More)


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