Pneumopericardium complicating respiratory distress syndrome: Role of conservative management

Richard E. Behrman, Jeffrey J. Pomerance, Michael H. Weller, C. Joan Richardson, Judith A. Soule, Allen Cato

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This report describes three infants with RDS who survived the occurrence of pneumopericardium. Two of them required only conservative management without pericardiocentesis. It is recommended that infants with RDS who develop pneumopericardium but have not progressed to the point of cardiac decompensation be managed conservatively. An effort should be made to minimize those forces (IPPV, PEEP, INPV, CPAP, CNCP) which may cause and perpetuate air leak into the pericardial sac.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883-886
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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