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Acta Médica Costarricense

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SANCHEZ-SUEN, Kwok Ho  and  PADILLA-CUADRA, Juan Ignacio. Taponamiento pericárdico. Acta méd. costarric [online]. 2001, vol.43, n.1, pp.07-10. ISSN 0001-6002.

The incidence of cardiac tamponade is increasing. This is mainly due to cardiothoracic trauma and invasive procedures. From the pathophysiological point of view, it is characterized by a restriction to the expansion of the cardiac chambers as a consequence of increased intrapericardial pressure and volume. This state can change lo a obstructive shock which is potentially lethal if not promptly diagnosed and treated.

Keywords : Pericardio; taponamiento; pericardiocentesis; derrame pericárdico; fisiopatología.

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