For the last two decades, peritoneovenous shunts (PVS) have commonly been used in the management of refractory ascites. However, these devices are associated with a wide variety of complications. We report a case of cardiac tamponade due to ventricular perforation by a PVS. Given the substantial morbidity associated with PVS, other therapeutic options should be considered before proceeding with PVS placement.
1 Division of Digestive Diseases Univerity of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
2 Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Univerity of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California USA
* UCLA CHS 77-132 CHS, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90045-1744
Received August 19, 1997; accepted April 13, 1998.