Malignant pericardial effusion - An uncommon complication of multiple myeloma: Case report

Louis E. Samuels, Philbert Y. Van, Douglas E. Gladstone, Marian M. Haber

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    Abstract

    Multiple myeloma is a condition usually associated with lesions of the skeleton. However, under rare circumstances, the malignant plasma cells may infiltrate the pericardium, resulting in an effusion. If left untreated, the abnormal accumulation of pericardial fluid will result in cardiac tamponade, requiring drainage. The following report describes a multiple myeloma patient who developed secondary pericardial and pleural effusions, which were surgically drained via a pleuropericardial window.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)103-104
    Number of pages2
    JournalHeart Surgery Forum
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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