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Cardiac tamponade after thrombolysis.
  1. T. D. Heymann,
  2. W. Culling
  1. Department of Medicine, Kingston Hospital, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, UK.


    Thrombolysis has been very effective in reducing the morbidity and mortality from acute myocardial infarction. Serious adverse events are not uncommon, however. We describe a case in which a haemopericardium and tamponade developed in a patient with a history of recurrent idiopathic pericarditis and to whom streptokinase had been administered following a suspected myocardial infarction. The case highlights the need for caution in the administration of thrombolytics to patients with a documented history of pericarditis.

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