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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2023, 11(2), 33-36
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-11-2-7
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Persistent Untreated Pericardial Effusion Leading to Congestive Hepatopathy

Chiara Rosenbaum1, , Jamila Asif2, Amer Kadri3 and Rajiv John2

1Department of Dermatology, Beaumont Hospital-Trenton, MI

2Department of Internal Medicine, Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn, MI

3Department of Cardiology, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pub. Date: February 21, 2023

Cite this paper:
Chiara Rosenbaum, Jamila Asif, Amer Kadri and Rajiv John. Persistent Untreated Pericardial Effusion Leading to Congestive Hepatopathy. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2023; 11(2):33-36. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-11-2-7


Congestive Hepatopathy (CH) is an important differential diagnosis when evaluating patients who present with right upper quadrant pain, hyperbilirubinemia, and jaundice. We describe a 54-year-old male with a chronic pericardial effusion who develops cholestatic jaundice and acute hepatic injury as a result of early cardiac tamponade. This case report demonstrates the challenges in diagnosing congestive hepatopathy and reviews the pathophysiology that leads to variable presentations of the condition.

Congestive Hepatopathy Pericardial effusion Elevated liver enzymes Abdominal pain

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