Fulminant hepatic failure due to cardiac tamponade associated with mixed connective tissue disease.


We describe a 42-year old Japanese woman with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) who developed fulminant hepatic failure and hepatic encephalopathy. Massive pericardial effusion accompanying cardiac tamponade was shown by echocardiography. The hepatic failure was considered to be caused by a low cardiac output state because of cardiac tamponade, which… (More)