Last updated on: May 12th, 2022

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Diseases of the pericardium 5

A 27-year-old man is brought to the emergency room 15 minutes after a high-speed frontal collision. He has diffuse chest pain that gets worse with movement and breathing. His blood pressure is 80/55 mmHg and his pulse is 110/min. Examination reveals muffled heart sounds and distended neck veins. Echocardiography shows pericardial effusion, chamber collapse, and dilation of the inferior vena cava. What is the best next step in the management of this patient?

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