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J Trauma. 1995 Oct;39(4):775-80.

Tension pneumopericardium following blunt injury.

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Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN 55905


Pneumopericardium caused cardiac tamponade in a patient who was struck in the chest by a motor vehicle. Subxiphoid pericardial window and pericardial drainage successfully treated this condition. Diagnosis of this rare form of tamponade depends on clinical examination supported by chest radiographic findings.

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