by Jeffrey Wilkinson, MD and Amer M. Johri, MD –
Mr. DB was a 95 year old man who presented to the emergency department with dyspnea progressing over the last 3 months. Chest x-ray demonstrated an enlarged cardiac silhouette. He had a past medical history significant for coronary artery disease, hypertension and a lobectomy due to tuberculosis. A point of care cardiac ultrasound was conducted by an internal medicine resident as part of his physical examination in the emergency department. A large pericardial effusion was found. There were no clinical signs of tamponade.