Cardiac tamponade as complication of pseudocyst in chronic pancreatitis

Attila Oláh, Attila S. Nagy, István Rácz, Mohamed E. Gamal

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Authors report a case of relapsing chronic calcifying pancreatitis with pleural and pericardial effusions during an episode of acute exacerbation. A large multilocular pancreatic pseudocyst expanded into the mediastinal space resulting in pericardial effusion that caused cardiac tamponade with severe circulatory deterioration. After resuscitation and pericardiocentesis a successful surgical procedure was performed, which produced rapid clinical improvement. Authors discuss this uncommon complication and review the proposed pathogenic mechanisms and possible therapeutic interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-566
Number of pages3
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002



  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Mediastinal pseudocyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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