Acute nontraumatic cardiac tamponade.

A 33-year-old man presented with acute nontraumatic cardiac tamponade as a result of pneumococcal pericarditis in association with pneumococcal pneumonia. Hypotension, tachycardia and pulsus paradoxicus, 50 mm Hg, were present. Echocardiographic findings were compatible with cardiac tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was performed. Acute nontraumatic pericardial… CONTINUE READING