Implications of echocardiographically assisted diagnosis of pericardial tamponade in contemporary medical patients: detection before hemodynamic embarrassment.

@article{Levine1991ImplicationsOE,
  title={Implications of echocardiographically assisted diagnosis of pericardial tamponade in contemporary medical patients: detection before hemodynamic embarrassment.},
  author={Michael J. Levine and Beverly H. Lorell and Daniel J. Diver and Patricia C. Come},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={1991},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={59-65}
}
Identification of suspected pericardial tamponade and the decision to perform invasive drainage of the pericardial space have historically been based on classic bedside findings. Two-dimensional echocardiography has improved detection of pericardial effusion, but it may be excessively sensitive in evaluation of patients for hemodynamic embarrassment. Therefore, 50 consecutive medical patients were examined who were identified by echocardiography to have probable tamponade (defined as the… CONTINUE READING

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