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The Macklin effect causing a pneumopericardium

Sekhar, Aravind; Raheja, Prafull; Ikram, Sohail

doi: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e328356bc37
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Pleuropericarditis is a common clinical entity that has been reported in association with several diseases. However, pleuropericarditis following blunt thoracic trauma is very rare and difficult to diagnose. Here we present a case of a young man who presented to the emergency department with acute shortness of breath following a motor vehicle accident. He was found to have a pleuro-pericardial communication worsened by barotrauma, resulting in tension pneumopericardium.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Correspondence to Sohail Ikram, MD, FACC, Cardiology, University of Louisville, ACB 3rd Floor, 550 S. Jackson St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202, USATel: +1 502 852 4379; fax: +1 502 852 6474; e-mail:

Received 27 May, 2012

Accepted 6 June, 2012

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