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Pneumopericardium causing pericardial tamponade
  • Ryan Fink
Ryan Fink
Oregon Health & Science University
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Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

13 May 2020Submitted to Clinical Case Reports
13 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
13 May 2020Assigned to Editor
22 Jun 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
29 Jun 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
02 Jul 20201st Revision Received
07 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
07 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
07 Jul 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending


Pneumopericardium, or gas in the pericardial sac, is a rare condition that typically presents with chest pain or pericarditis, but can be severe enough to cause tamponade physiology. The images presented show the typical appearance of pneumopericardium. This patient had tamponade physiology requiring a pericardial drain in the operating room.