March 1984

Cardiac Tamponade as First Manifestation of Colonic Cancer

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Internal Medicine (Drs Kacenelenbogen, Devriendt, De Reuck, Decoodt, Schmerber, and Staroukine), Surgery (Dr De Paepe), and Pathology (Dr De Roy), Brugmann Hospital, Free University of Brussels.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(3):622-623. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350150236047

• Metastatic cardiac tamponade was the presenting manifestation of a colonic carcinoma. The patient's condition improved after surgical treatment and shows no sign of recurrence of pericardial effusion after more than eight months of systemic chemotherapy. Metastatic pericardial effusions and their treatment are discussed.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:622-623)