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Unusual association of diseases/symptoms
Cardiac tamponade in acute pancreatitis
  1. Vijaya Raj Bhatt,
  2. Ashish Koirala,
  3. Robert V Wetz,
  4. Shiksha Kedia,
  5. Pratima Ghimire,
  6. Rajiv Bartaula
  1. Department of Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Vijaya Raj Bhatt, vrbhatta{at}


A 47-year-old man presented with severe acute pancreatitis. On hospitalisation day 8, the patient became hypotensive and developed new-onset atrial fibrillation. Echocardiography showed significant pericardial effusion with right ventricular collapse. A pericardial window was made and the effusion drained. There was rapid clinical improvement following the procedure.

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  • Patient consent Obtained.

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