Pneumopericardium following penetrating chest injuries.

  title={Pneumopericardium following penetrating chest injuries.},
  author={Demetrios Demetriades and Demetris Charalambides and Desmond Pantanowitz and M Lakhoo},
  journal={Archives of surgery},
  volume={125 9},
The presence of pneumopericardium following penetrating injuries of the chest is highly suggestive of a cardiac injury. For this reason, it is generally considered that its presence should be an indication for surgery. In the present study 20 patients with pneumopericardium were selected for conservative treatment. All patients were closely observed by means of clinical examination, serial chest roentgenography, electrocardiography, and Doppler echocardiography. In five patients the… CONTINUE READING