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Haemopericardium causing cardiac tamponade: a late complication of pectus excavatum repair
  1. M J Barakat,
  2. J A Morgan
  1. Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M J Barakat
    Flat 4, 13 Clarendon Rd, Redland, Bristol BS6 7EX, UK;


A 24 year old man presented to the emergency department with clinical signs of cardiac tamponade requiring emergency surgery. The cause was a sternal wire from a pectus excavatum repair two years previously that had fractured and migrated through the pericardium causing an epicardial injury and a haemopericardium.

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