Symptomatic pericardial constriction without active pericarditis

Kevin Steel*, Steven J. Durning, Chad DeMott, Mark Haigney

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The decision to undergo pericardectomy for symptomatic pericardial constriction is usually dictated by an image of an abnormal pericardium. We report a case of symptomatic pericardial constriction despite radiographic and pathological evidence of a normal pericardium. The patient was successfully treated with a pericardectomy, with resolution of constrictive hemodynamics and symptoms. Our report suggests that a normal pericardium by computed tomography and biopsy should not preclude pericardectomy for patients who have refractory symptoms, physical findings, and intracardiac pressures diagnostic of constrictive pericarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)668-671
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


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