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Isolated myocardial abscess causing coronary artery rupture and fatal hemopericardium.
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PMID:  7944886     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a rare case of cardiac tamponade caused by hemopericardium secondary to erosion and rupture of a coronary artery by an adjacent solitary myocardial abscess. The resulting tamponade led to the sudden death of this 46-year-old man. Antemortem blood culture and the postmortem microscopic examination of the myocardial abscess revealed the causative agent to be Staphylococcus aureus. Hemopericardium due to ventricular wall rupture secondary to a myocardial abscess has been infrequently reported, but, to our knowledge, only one other report of hemopericardium due to coronary artery rupture related to myocardial abscess has been published.
C C Fan; B R Andersen; S Sahgal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  118     ISSN:  0003-9985     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  1994 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-10-26     Completed Date:  1994-10-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1023-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pathology, University of Illinois, Chicago 60612.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / complications*,  pathology
Cardiomyopathies / complications*,  pathology
Coronary Disease / etiology*,  pathology
Fatal Outcome
Middle Aged
Pericardial Effusion / etiology*,  pathology
Rupture, Spontaneous / etiology,  pathology
Staphylococcal Infections / complications*,  pathology

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