Surgery was performed with a median sternotomy, 1,500 mL of loculated,
walled-off pus under moderate pressure was drained, and pericardiectomy
was performed on the thickened pericardium over the right and left
heart chambers. Early postoperative hemodynamic profiles in the ICU,
without inotropic support, were as follows: BP, 146/92 mm Hg; heart
rate, 95 beats/min; central venous pressure, 18 mm Hg; pulmonary
arterial pressure, 35/17 mm Hg; pulmonary capillary wedge
pressure, 11 mm Hg; and cardiac output, 10.0 L/min.