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Clin Med (Lond). 2010 Feb;10(1):88-90.

Delayed pericardial effusions: life-threatening complication presenting up to 100 days after chest trauma.

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Department of Cardiology, The Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge. s.nijjer@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

Stab wounds are often managed conservatively with simple wound assessment and closure. However, even apparently minor thoracic wounds can cause delayed pericardial effusions presenting as life-threatening tamponade sometimes days, weeks or months later. Patients suffering stab wounds to the chest should receive echocardiographic follow-up to exclude delayed pericardial effusions.

PMID:
20408316
PMCID:
PMC4954491
DOI:
10.7861/clinmedicine.10-1-88
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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