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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 21(2); 2010 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2010;21(2): 271-274.
Cardiac Tamponade Due to Suture Material and this Manifested as Convulsion
Hye Mi Kim, Young Soon Cho, Myung Gab Lee, Byeong Dae Yoo, Duck Ho Jun, Ho Jung Kim, Hoon Lim
Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Korea. choyoungsoon@hanafos.com
Cardiac tamponade is a potentially acute, life threatening emergency that can cause death if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. Cardiac tamponade is a comparatively uncommon presentation to the emergency department and it is usually associated with penetrating trauma. We report here on a case of cardiac tamponade due to suture material that was used for colectomy ten years previously. A 17-year-old male was admitted to an emergency department with a complaint of loss of consciousness and convulsion. He also complained of chest pain, dyspnea and hypotension. After a while, he displayed cyanosis and his jugular veins were distended. The emergency echocardiogram showed a large amount of pericardial effusion with features of tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was immediately performed. Although 800 cc of fresh blood was drained from the pericardial cavity, his bleeding wouldn't stop. So, the patient was moved immediately to the operation room, and pericardiectomy and median sternotomy were performed. The surgeon found that the foreign suture material had penetrated the pericardium and he successfully removed it. The removed foreign body was a bundle of thread. The patient was discharged without any complications after 9 days.
Key words: Cardiac tamponade, Wounds and injuries, Foreign bodies
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