Neonatal fellowship. Neonatal pneumopericardium: successful treatment with nitrogen washout technique

J Perinatol. 1996 Nov-Dec;16(6):490-3.


Pneumopericardium in the neonate is a rare event but is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. We describe a neonate with mild respiratory distress and cardiovascular compromise after delivery and resuscitation. A large isolated pneumopericardium was diagnosed. Treatment with an oxygen hood (FiO2 1.00) resulted in a complete resolution of the pneumopericardium within 12 hours.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy
  • Pneumopericardium / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumopericardium / therapy*
  • Radiography