What is the prognosis of acute pericarditis caused by penetrating injuries?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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For penetrating injuries, the prognosis depends heavily on the rapid identification of tamponade. Mortality may occur in 3-5% of cases resulting from cardiac tamponade or arrhythmias. Favorable factors include minor perforations, isolated right ventricular wounds, systolic blood pressure more than 50 mm Hg, and the presence of tamponade.


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