Matthew S. Slater

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Seven days after undergoing a thoracotomy and repair of a cardiac laceration, a 22-year-old patient develops tachycardia, substernal chest pain (worse on inspiration) and fatigue. He is afebrile and hemodynamically stable. On auscultation, a pericardial friction rub is discovered. Electrocardiography demonstrates ST segment elevation throughout the pericardium. Helical computed tomography scan shows no evidence of a pulmonary embolism. Chest x-ray reveals expanded bilateral lungs and a normal cardiac silhouette. Which of the following would be the most appropriate management approach? (A) Administration of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agent (B) Pericardiocentesis (C) Reexploration (D) Insertion of a pulmonary artery catheter (E) Cardiac catheterization

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcute Care Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0387344705, 9780387344706
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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