Cardiac Tamponade and Constrictive Pericarditis Complicating Endoscopic Sclerotherapy

David L. Brown, Robert J. Luchi

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We report a case of suspected esophageal perforation with injection of a sclerosing agent into the pericardium during endoscopic sclerotherapy of esophageal varices. Immediately after the procedure, the patient developed fever and a pericardial friction rub. Eight months later, he presented with cardiac tamponade and constrictive pericarditis. This complication should be considered whenever a patient presents with inadequate cardiac output, venous congestion, and a pulsus paradoxus following sclerotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2169-2170
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of internal medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1987


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