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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 6

Influenza H1N1 infection leading to cardiac tamponade in a previously healthy patient: A case report


Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

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Kevin R Bainey
Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Canada
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5812/cardiovascmed.31546

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Introduction: The cardiac manifestations of influenza A are broad, ranging from self-limited pericarditis to fatal cardiomyopathy. The 2009 H1N1 influenza A (H1N1) strain is a rare cause of pericarditis, and its role in developing a pericardial effusion leading to tamponade has infrequently been reported. Case Presentation: We describe a case of a young female with no prior cardiovascular history who presents with a pericardial effusion and shock secondary to cardiac tamponade from pericarditis due to H1N1 influenza A. Conclusions: This case highlights the potential severity of H1N1 infections and the utility of considering cardiac tamponade in patients presenting with influenza symptoms and circulatory collapse.


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