Pneumopericardium in COVID-19 Infection

Document Type : Case Report


1 Cardiac Rehabilitation Research Center, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, IR Iran.

2 Department of Cardiology, Isfahan University of Medical Science, Isfahan, IR Iran.


Pneumopericardium is a rare medical condition that occurs following trauma, surgery, or other medical interventions. The presence of pneumopericardium after COVID-19 pneumonia has been reported in some cases, and it has been explained that most cases could be self-limited. Here, we describe a 51-year-old man afflicted by pneumopericardium with COVID-19 infection. The patient had pneumopericardium and massive pericardial effusions, necessitating surgical strategies such as pericardial windows. This case highlights the potential severity of COVID-19. We also suggest that cardiologists pay attention to the possibility of pneumopericardium in cases with COVID-19 infection. (Iranian Heart Journal 2023; 24(1): 97-103)


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