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A massive occult pericardial effusion in an athletic young male
  1. Matthew H Thompson1,
  2. G D Corbett2,
  3. A Cherian2 and
  4. E D Nicol2
  1. 1Medical Officer, 40 Commando Royal Marines, Taunton, UK
  2. 2Physician Augmented Strategic Aeromedical Evacuation Team, RAF, Brize Norton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr E D Nicol, Deptartment of Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NP, UK; e.nicol@nhs.net

Abstract

We present a case of a 27-year-old Royal Marine with a massive pericardial effusion, presenting with minimal clinical findings, suggesting that high levels of physical fitness may effectively mask the normal symptoms of this potentially life-threatening condition.

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  • Received March 7, 2013.
  • Accepted March 9, 2013.
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