Cardiac tamponade masquerading as headache: A diagnostic conundrum

Vipin Dulam, Vladimir Lakhter, Mohammed A. Kashem, Yoshiya Toyoda, Suresh Keshavamurthy

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Cardiac tamponade and its protean presentations are well documented. Tamponade presenting after recent cardiac surgery in a patient on anticoagulation is not unknown. However, severe headache as a presenting feature of tamponade is not documented. We describe how one can be misled into investigating causes of headache while the real cause, tamponade, lies hidden.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2081-2083
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

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  • cardiac tamponade
  • headache
  • thrombus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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