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Cardiac tamponade can be diagnosed radiographically if the fluid has accumulated slowly over time and if the patient is stable enough to have had a chest x-ray obtained. The chest x-ray will show an enlarged globular heart (cardiomegaly). [1]

References

  1. Longmore, M., Wilkinson, I.B., Rajagopalan, S. (2004) (6th Ed.). Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press ISBN 9780198568377


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