Cecilia Karemingi et al.
The unique challenges posed by the COVID vaccination continue to affect multiple healthcare specialties. Although short-term studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective, reports of side effects continue to emerge. Cardiovascular side effects such as myo-pericardial inflammation are of particular interest to the fields of cardiology, anesthesiology, and surgery. Myocarditis and pericarditis necessitate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and pericardial window surgery. Intraoperative monitoring of clinical status and heart rhythm and careful adjustments to anesthetic management are required to ensure successful outcomes.
This case report follows a 50-year-old male with a known history of pericardial effusion post-COVID vaccination who presented to the emergency department with shortness of breath and chest pain, necessitating further management. We examine the importance of TEE in preventing unnecessary pericardial window procedures and shed light on the importance of careful patient monitoring and management in promoting successful outcomes from an anesthesiology perspective.
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