Can pleural effusions cause cardiac tamponade?

Hasan B. Alam, Adam Levitt, Robert Molyneaux, Paul Davidson, George A. Sample*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pleural effusion(s) can increase the pressure of an otherwise insignificant pericardial effusion to a degree that can result in cardiac tamponade. The case histories presented here illustrate the importance of recognizing this phenomenon and altering our treatment algorithm to drain the pleural effusions instead of the pericardial collections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1820-1822
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pleural effusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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