Massive Idiopathic Chronic Pericardial Effusion: A Case Report

Document Type : Case Report


1 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.


An idiopathic chronic pericardial effusion which has occurred due to pericardial fluid collection can continue for over a three-month duration without obvious cause. Massive chronic pericardial effusion without cardiac tamponade is quite unusual. We present a male patient with chronic huge pericardial effusion who underwent a pericardial window procedure with 3600 milliliters drainage of pericardial fluid.


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