Iatrogenic Hidropneumopericardium after Pericardiocentesis

Cristina Moreno Ambroj, Elisa Blanco González, Teresa Oloriz Sanjuan, Maria C. Ferrer Gracia, José G. Galache Osuna, José A. Diarte de Miguel, Juan Sánchez Rubio Lezcano


Hydropneumopericardium is defined by the accumulation of serous fluid and gas in the pericardial sac. It is uncommon in adults, usually associated with favorable outcomes; yet, it may be severe occasionally. We present the case of a kidney transplant patient who developed cardiac tamponade requiring pericardiocentesis. Several days after the procedure, the patient presented chest pain due to iatrogenic hydropneumopericardium. Image tests are essential to make this diagnosis.

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