The post-pericardiotomy syndrome and penetrating injury of the chest

Injury. 1987 Nov;18(6):412-4. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(87)90292-0.


The post-pericardiotomy syndrome is an uncommon complication of chest trauma. We present a case of recurrent pleural and pericardial effusions, pyrexia, pain in the chest and ECG changes of pericarditis in a young man with a penetrating chest injury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electrocardiography
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postpericardiotomy Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Radiography
  • Thoracic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Thoracic Injuries / surgery*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / diagnostic imaging
  • Wounds, Penetrating / surgery*