Sudden death due to cardiac tamponade

Prateek Rastogi, Alok Atreya, Jenash Acharya

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Cardiac tamponade is life-threatening, slow or rapid compression of the heart due to the pericardial accumulation of fluid, pus, blood, clots, or gas, as a result of effusion, trauma, or rupture of the heart. Ventricular free wall rupture is a catastrophic complication that occurs within 7 days, in 1-4% of patients with acute myocardial infarction. We present a case of an elderly female who presented clinically mimicking sudden onset of gastrointestinal problem was later found to have cardiac tamponade on autopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-77
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of South India Medicolegal Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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