Postpericardiotomy syndrome: etiology, manifestations, and interventions.

  title={Postpericardiotomy syndrome: etiology, manifestations, and interventions.},
  author={C Kronick-Mest},
  journal={Heart & lung : the journal of critical care},
  volume={18 2},
  • C Kronick-Mest
  • Published in Heart & lung : the journal of critical care 1989
Postpericardiotomy syndrome (PPS) is a complication of any cardiac surgery or procedure involving entry into the pericardium. The syndrome presents as a delayed pleural or pericardial reaction, characterized by fever, chest pain, and a friction rub. Although symptoms often identify PPS, diagnosis may be aided by the use of radiography, echocardiography, electrocardiography, and laboratory analysis. PPS can cause considerable discomfort and anxiety. Furthermore, patients are at risk of… CONTINUE READING