Cardiac tamponade secondary to purulent pericarditis diagnosed with the aid of emergency department ultrasound.
- Mackenzie Gabler
Am J Emerg Med 2017 Apr 27. Epub 2017 Apr 27.
Wright State University Department of Emergency Medicine, 3525 Southern Blvd, Kettering, OH 45429, United States.
Purulent pericarditis is a rare but devastating disease process and even when treated, carries a poor prognosis. Cardiac tamponade is the most severe complication of purulent pericarditis and without acute surgical intervention, is often fatal. Diagnosis requires pericardiocentesis; however, early consideration of the disease and its complications in the emergency department (ED) can be life-saving. Read More