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Constrictive pericarditis: early and late complication of cardiac surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  420115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Constrictive pericarditis is not considered a complication of cardiac surgery. However, three cases are presented in which equalization of diastolic pressures and the ventricular pressure pattern of early diastolic dip-late diastolic plateau, characteristic of restrictive disease, appeared after cardiac surgery. In one patients cardiac constriction developed less than 2 weeks after surgery, and loculated clotted and unclotted viscous blood was removed from the pericardial space. In the other two patients the pericardial space was obliterated by dense adhesions. Thus constrictive pericarditis should be considered in postoperative patients who either do not recuperate satisfactorily after surgery or whose condition deteriorates after initial recovery.
M V Cohen; M A Greenberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0002-9149     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1979 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-04-25     Completed Date:  1979-04-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  657-61     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Surgical Procedures / adverse effects*
Heart Catheterization
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / surgery
Heart Valve Prosthesis / adverse effects
Middle Aged
Mitral Valve / surgery
Pericarditis, Constrictive / diagnosis,  etiology*,  surgery
Tricuspid Valve / surgery

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