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Cardiac tamponade due to pneumopericardium.
  1. S L Johnston,
  2. R M Oliver
  1. Department of Medicine, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire.


    Pneumopericardium is rare in acute asthma and cardiac tamponade has not been reported. The case is reported of a 20 year old asthmatic patient in whom assisted ventilation and high airway pressures resulted in tension pneumopericardium with clinical signs of cardiac tamponade that were relieved by pericardial aspiration.

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