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Br Heart J. 1984 February; 51(2): 231–232.
PMCID: PMC481488

Massive pericardial effusion in a hypothyroid child.


A child with Down's syndrome and long standing severe hypothyroidism had a massive pericardial effusion without cardiac tamponade. The effusion completely resolved with medical treatment without pericardiocentesis.

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