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An uncommon complication of staphylococcal pneumonia: pneumopericardium with cardiac tamponade
  1. Edson Marchiori,
  2. Clarissa Canella,
  3. Bruno Hochhegger,
  4. Gláucia Zanetti
  1. Department of Radiology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rua Prof. Rodolfo Paulo Rocco, n° 255—Cidade Universitária—Ilha do Fundão—CEP 219 419-13. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Professor Edson Marchiori, Rua Thomaz Cameron, 438, Valparaiso, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro CEP 25685, 120, Brazil; edmarchiori{at}

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A 1-year-old girl presented with a 3-day history of fever, cough, and dyspnoea. A chest radiograph demonstrated consolidation in the right upper lobe (figure 1A). Laboratory tests showed leucocytosis and blood culture showed oxacillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. A radiograph performed 12 days later (figure 1B) showed pneumatocoele formation. …

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