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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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CASE REPORTS CARDIAC SECTION
The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 February;43(1):63-5
Pericardiectomy in calcific constrictive pericarditis aided by Midas Rex drill
Naik M. J., Por Y. C., Chua Y. L.
From the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery National Heart Centre, Singapore
Surgery for constrictive pericarditis has become a rare entity now. Various non-cardiac surgical measures are sometimes tried to remove the calcific plaques on the surface without damaging the underlying cardiac structures. We report a case of severe calcific pericarditis in which the Midas Rex neurosurgical drill was successfully used to facilitate pericardiectomy. Such a case has not been previously reported in the literature.