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Cardiac tamponade due to intrapericardial rupture of an amebic liver abscess

  • Tadamasa Miyauchi
  • Hiroshi Takiya
  • Toshihiko Sawamura
  • Eiji Murakami
Case Report

Abstract

Pericardial abscess is rare in healthy individuals, especially the amebic type. We report a case of pericardial abscess and cardiac tamponade due to intrapericardial rupture of an amebic liver abscess. A 31-year old Japanese male complained of fever to a local hospital. A liver mass was discovered in his left hepatic lobe by an abdominal echogram. He was referred to the internal department of our hospital and was treated with quinolone antibiotics. Two weeks after medication, he suddenly complained of epigastralgia and severe orthopnea and was admitted. Abdominal computed tomographic scan showed an enlarged liver mass, and massive pericardial effusion suggested cardiac tamponade. He underwent an emergency subxiphoid partial pericardiectomy under local anesthesia. 1,000 ml of light brownish fluid was removed and his condition improved. Although no ameba was cultivated from the pus, the amebic serological test was positive. Metronidazole was administered and the patients was discharged 31 days after surgery.

Key words

pericardial abscess cardiac tamponade intrapericardial rupture amebic liver abscess 

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© Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tadamasa Miyauchi
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Takiya
    • 1
  • Toshihiko Sawamura
    • 1
  • Eiji Murakami
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryGifin Prefectural Gifu HospitalGifuJapan

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