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J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011 Aug 10;6:96. doi: 10.1186/1749-8090-6-96.

Recurrent pericardial effusion after cardiac surgery: the use of colchicine after recalcitrant conventional therapy.

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  • 1Dpt of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Milan, Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS, Via Parea 4, 20138 Milan, Italy. luca.dainese@ccfm.it

Abstract

Pericardial effusion represents a common postoperative complication in cardiac surgery. Nonetheless, it can be resistant to conventional therapy leading to prolonged in-hospital stay and worsening of clinical conditions. Recent literature shows that colchicine therapy should be useful in the treatment of recurrent post surgical pericardial effusion. Hereby we report the case of a patient with postsurgical recurrent effusion treated with colchicine, and a review of literature concerning the use of this old drug.

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