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Chirurgia 2007 February;20(1):33-4

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A rare anatomical entity of congenital pericardial defect with acute type a aortic dissection. A case report

Huang J-W, Chang P-C, Chiu C-C, Wang P-H, Hsieh C-C, Chen H-M

Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China


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Congenital pericardial defect is a rare anomaly. Most patients are asymptomatic and discovered accidentally. Herein, we described a very rare case of congenital pericardial defect coupled with acute type A aortic dissection. Massive bloody pericardial effusion was drained into left pleural cavity while the dissecting aorta ruptured. Fortunately, cardiac tamponade did not occur in the state of the partial congenital pericardial defect, as a role of a pericardial drainage window. Finally, the patient underwent emergent operation without accident and recovered later.

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