Medicine

Last updated on: May 12th, 2022

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Diseases of the pericardium 4

A 55-year-old woman presents to the office complaining of worsening shortness of breath that began one week ago. She has mild chest pain. Her pulse is 90/min, blood pressure is 110/85 mmHg, respiratory rate is 16/min, and her temperature is 98.6º. Pulsus paradoxus is present. A chest x-ray shows an enlarged cardiac silhouette with clear lung fields. EKG is normal. She was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. Echocardiography shows the presence of cardiac tamponade and pericardiocentesis is performed. Which of the following is the most likely finding?

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