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- Received August 10, 1982
- Revision received October 26, 1982
- Accepted October 29, 1982
- Published online March 1, 1983.
- Itzhak Kronzon, MD, FACC*,
- Murray L. Cohen, MD and
- Howard E. Winer, MD, FACC
- ↵*Address for reprints: Itzhak Kronzon, MD, New York University Medical Center, 560 First Avenue - Suite 2E, New York, New York, 10016.
Three patients developed cardiac tamponade after heart surgery. Pericardial effusion was not identified by M-mode echocardiography. Two patients underwent two-dimensional echocardiography which showed compression of the right atrium by a localized mass. At reoperation, atrial compression by a loculated effusion or hematoma was found and successfully relieved. When cardiac tamponade is suggested by the clinical setting, but not supported by M-mode echocardiography, the presence of a loculated effusion should be considered and evaluated by a two-dimensional echocardiographic study.
- Received August 10, 1982.
- Revision received October 26, 1982.
- Accepted October 29, 1982.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation