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US Probe: When Does an Effusion Become Pericardial Tamponade?

Pericardial tamponade occurs when fluid within the pericardial sac impairs filling of the right-sided chambers, leading to a decrease in cardiac output and hemodynamic compromise. It is neither a clinical nor an echocardiographic diagnosis alone. Rather, the echocardiogram carries diagnostic value and should be performed when there is an elevated pre-test probability for tamponade based on the history and physical exam. Here, we will illustrate the core echocardiographic findings of pericardial tamponade.

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Ultrasound for Achilles Tendon Rupture

Combined with physical exam (+ Thompson's test), here's a a quick, cheap, readily available way to assess dynamic motion and contralateral evaluation for possible Achilles tendon rupture. The answer may not be definitive without further MRI, but perhaps get Ortho's attention without a formal radiograph.