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An Unusual Manifestation of Cardiac Tamponade in Autoimmune Thyroiditis

Vineetha Kanneganti, Harpreet Singh, Ashish Bhalla

Keywords : Beck's triad, Cardiac tamponade, Hypothyroidism, Massive pericardial effusion

Citation Information : Kanneganti V, Singh H, Bhalla A. An Unusual Manifestation of Cardiac Tamponade in Autoimmune Thyroiditis. 2023; 2 (2):34-36.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11006-0043

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 06-05-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Cardiovascular manifestations of hypothyroidism include bradycardia, diastolic hypertension and increased peripheral vascular resistance. Pericardial effusion occurs in about 30% of hypothyroid individuals, but cardiac tamponade is rare because fluid accumulation occurs slowly, allowing the pericardium to stretch. Here we report a case of a young female who presented with cardiac tamponade, which on evaluation, was diagnosed as autoimmune thyroiditis. The patient was managed with emergency echocardiography directed pericardiocentesis and levothyroxine supplementation.

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