Delayed Cardiac Tamponade after the Nuss Procedure for Pectus Excavatum: A Case Report and Simple Management


  • Ming-Hsin Yang
  • Yeung-Leung Cheng
  • Chien-Sung Tsai
  • Chung-Yi Li



A 22-year-old man presented at our emergency department with clinical signs of cardiac tamponade that required emergency surgery. We treated this patient by using emergency echocardiographically guided pericardiocentesis with insertion of a central venous catheter for drainage without removal of the steel bar. The causes of his pericardial effusion appeared to have been displacement of the bar from a pectus excavatum repair 6 months previously and his ingestion of ginseng extract. This case illustrates a possible cause of cardiac tamponade after the Nuss procedure and a simple way to manage it.


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Yang, M.-H., Cheng, Y.-L., Tsai, C.-S., & Li, C.-Y. (2008). Delayed Cardiac Tamponade after the Nuss Procedure for Pectus Excavatum: A Case Report and Simple Management. The Heart Surgery Forum, 11(2), E129-E131.