Anticoagulant-induced hemopericardium with tamponade: A case report and review of the literature
Faruk Ertaş 1 * , Nihat Polat, Abdulkadir Yıldız, Mustafa Oylumlu, Mehmet Sıddık Ülgen
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1 Dicle University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Diyarbakır, Turkey* Corresponding Author


Acute cardiac tamponade requires urgent diagnosis and treatment. We report a case of a 43-year-old man who was receiving warfarin treatment for 8 months following mitral valve replacement. The patient had complaint of dyspnea and fatigue for a few days. Cardiac tamponade was diagnosed, and the INR at that time was 10.4. Urgent pericardiocentesis were undertaken and 1400 ml of peri­cardial blood was drained. Following surgery the patient’s recovery was uneventful. An intravenous vitamin K injec­tion and fresh frozen plasma transfusion were adminis­tered to reverse the patient’s over-anticoagulated state. The final pathology revealed chronic inflammation and there was no malignancy, and no bacteria or mycobacte­rium were seen. Emergency physicians should remember that over-anticoagulation with warfarin may contribute to certain complications, including hemopericardium, and that strict control of target INR should be the goal for pa­tients who require continuous warfarin treatment.


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Article Type: Case Report

J Clin Exp Invest, 2013, Volume 4, Issue 2, 229-233

Publication date: 13 Jun 2013

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