Garcia Fuster R, Llorens R, Melero JM, Barba J, di Stefano S, Legarra JJ, et al. Pericardial hematoma 2 years after coronary surgery. Rev Esp Cardiol 1997 Jan;50(1):58-61.
Cardiac tamponade is a life-threatening complication
after cardiac surgery which may develop in
the early or late postoperative period. The latest
have been defined arbitrarily as the ones ocurring
after the 7th postoperative day. They are less common
than the early ones and most of the cases have
been reported up to six months after the operation.
They usually determine diagnostic difficulties
that can negatively influence the prognosis.
Because of its atypical late appearance, a case of
a 65 year old man is presented who developed a
postpericardiotomy syndrome and subsequently
a pericardial clot nearly two years after aortocoronary