BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2011.3837
  • Unexpected outcome (positive or negative) including adverse drug reactions

Reversible severe biventricular dysfunction postpericardiocentesis for tuberculous pericardial tamponade

  1. Aysha Husain
  1. Internal Medicine Department, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama, Bahrain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rashed Al Banna MD, abdullarashed{at}


Transient severe biventricular systolic dysfunction is a rare phenomenon postpericardiocentesis. Here, the authors report the clinical scenario of a young male who presented with pericardial tamponade that was tuberculous in origin. Soon postpericardiocentesis, he had biventricular dysfunction that recovered spontaneously. The authors discuss the clinical presentation, investigations and pathogenesis of this complication.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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