Point-of-Care Ultrasound to Diagnose Postpericardiotomy Syndrome in a Child

J. Kate Deanehan, Andrew F. Miller, Jason A. Levy, Rachel G. Rempell, Joshua Nagler

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We report a case of a patient presenting with abdominal pain after cardiac surgery who was noted on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to have pericardial and pleural effusion, in addition to ascites. The most notable findings were pleural and pericardial effusions, which combined with symptomatology met criteria for postpericardiotomy syndrome. Point-of-care ultrasound expedited the diagnosis of a pericardial effusion with impending tamponade and transfer for pericardiocentesis and placement of pericardial drain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)700-702
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • pericardial effusion
  • pleural effusion
  • point-of-care ultrasound
  • postpericardiotomy syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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