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Cardiac Tamponade

Cardiac Tamponade

Cardiac tamponade is a condition that occurs due to development of pericardial effusion resulting in decreased filling of cardiac ventricles and leading to hemodynamic compromise. The pericardial effusions can be of different types that include: serous, serosanguineous, hemorrhagic, or chylous. Patients that present with acute tamponade usually have dyspnea, tachycardia, and tachypnea sometimes with cold clammy extremities due to hypoperfusion. Other signs and symptoms that can be observed include: increased JVP, pulsus paradoxus, chest discomfort, decreased urine output, confused state and dysphoria. Text Reference: Image Source:

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11 months ago

A narrow pulse pressure is also expected right? As well as a distant beat on auscultation?

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