Tension Pneumopericardium

Kim Eagle, Lawrence G. Smith, Tasneem Naqvi

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Figure 1. Tension pneumopericardium, a rare complication of pyogenic lung abscess, occurred in a 27-year-old white man with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Cultures of specimens obtained through a bronchoscopic sheath catheter had yielded Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Despite antibiotic treatment, the patient had spontaneous rupture of the abscess into the pericardial sac and died from a tension pneumopericardium and cardiac tamponade. The chest x-ray film in Panel A shows cavitating pneumonia in the left mid-lung field, adjacent to the cardiac silhouette. In Panel B, another chest film, air under pressure is evident in the pericardial sac, with the…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1481
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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