Cardiac tamponade in primary myxedema and review of the literature

Am J Med Sci. Nov-Dec 1976;272(3):345-52. doi: 10.1097/00000441-197611000-00013.


A case of cardiac tamponade secondary to primary myxedema is described. The nature of the patient's pericardial fluid and clinical course compared with other cases in the literature is reviewed. The patient had no recurrence of cardiac tamponade. Complete resolution of the pericardial effusion occurred 10 months followint initial pericardiocentesis and L-thyroxine therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Tamponade / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Myxedema / complications*
  • Pericardial Effusion / complications*