Azra Avdic Salihovic, Edis Salihovic, Nedzad Kadric, Merima Ibisevic, Sevleta Avdic
Introduction: Pericardial effusion is a common complication after heart surgery and in about 10% of cases it complicates with pericardial tamponade. It is a condition that requires an urgent evacuation of fluid from a pericardial sac (pericardiocentesis or pericardial fenestration). Case report: This paper presents the case of a man aged 72 years with a verified tamponade of pericardium. A large pericardial effusion with tamponade signs was verified by ultrasound and computerised tomography (CT) of the chest in a hemodinamically stable patient, and in the inability to evacuate the same, with pericardial fenestration, was successfully treated with corticosteroids.
Keywords: pericardial effusion I31.3, heart tamponade I31.9, corticosteroids.