Simultaneously diagnosed pulmonary thromboembolism and hemopericardium in a man with thoracic spinal cord injury.
Simultaneous pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) and hemopericardium is a rare but life-threatening condition. As hemopericardium is a contraindication to anticoagulation treatment, it is challenging to handle both conditions together.
The objective of the study was to report a rare case of a man with thoracic spinal cord injury presenting with simultaneous PTE and hemopericardium.
A 43-year-old man with incomplete T9 paraplegia (American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale D) complained of fever one and a half months after spinal cord injury sustained in a fall.
During evaluation of fever origin, chest computed tomography and transthoracic echocardiogram revealed simultaneous PTE and hemopericardium. After serial echocardiograms over 2 days demonstrated stability, intravenous heparin, and oral warfarin were administered and his medical status was observed closely. Ultimately, both conditions improved without significant complications.
We report successful treatment of man with acute spinal cord injury who presented with simultaneously diagnosed PTE and hemopericardium, a rare complication involving two distinct and opposing pathological mechanisms and conflicting treatments.
Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Center for Aging and Geriatrics, Regional CardioCereboVascular Center, Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Chonnam National University Medical School & Hospital, Gwangju City, Republic of Korea.
SourceThe journal of spinal cord medicine 35:3 2012 May pg 178-81
Spinal Cord Injuries
Pub Type(s)Case Reports
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't