A rare complication of pericardiocentesis: Pneumopericardium

Yilmaz M., Gurkan O., Arslanboga E. N., KARACA ÖZER P.

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY-A JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR ULTRASOUND AND ALLIED TECHNIQUES, vol.40, no.4, pp.370-372, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Pneumopericardium is the presence of air in the pericardial sac. Pneumopericardium after pericardiocentesis has been rarely reported in the literature. In the present case, we report a patient who presented with tamponade physiology during COVID-19 and developed pneumopericardium after emergency pericardiocentesis. Immediate recognition and treatment are crucial and chest x-ray, thorax computerized tomography, and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) are used for diagnosis.