Usefulness of a hand-carried cardiac ultrasound device for bedside examination of pericardial effusion in patients after cardiac surgery

Huai Luo, Ming Chen, Alfredo Trento, Takashi Miyamoto, Sergio L. Kobal, Yoram Neuman, Tasneem Z. Naqvi, Kirsten Tolstrup, Robert J. Siegel

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Abstract

To identify the incidence of pericardial effusion in patients after cardiac surgery using a hand-carried cardiac ultrasound device, 200 patients were assessed on postoperative day 3. If a pericardial effusion was found, patients were monitored for 3 consecutive days with a hand-carried cardiac ultrasound device. Within 72 hours after surgery, 43 patients (21.5%) had developed an effusion, of whom 2 patients had cardiac tamponade and 41 patients (21%) had a small pericardial effusion. No difference was found in the incidence of effusion based on the type of cardiac surgery. Of patients with a small pericardial effusion on day 3 after surgery, an additional 2 of 41 (5%) developed cardiac tamponade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-407
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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