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JCU 1997 ;5(1) :36-41.
Postoperative Effusive Constrictive Pericarditis in Ventricular Septal Defect Repair
Kwang Soo Cha, Youl Bae, Young Keun Ahn, Jong Cheol Park, Jeong Pyung Seo, Joo Hyung Park, Myung Ho Jeong, Jeong Gwan Cho, Jong Chun Park, Jung Chaee Kang
Department of Cardiology, Chonnam University Hospital, Kwangju, Dong-A University Hospital, Pusan, Korea
ABSTRACT
Effusive constrictive pericarditis after open heart surgery is a rare complication occuring in 0.2% to 0.3%. Presenting symptoms after surgeery are associated with rightheart failure and an elevated jugular venous pressure is most common abnormal physical sign. Predisposing factors include hemorrhage, perioperative pericardial injury or inflammation, presence of postpericardiotomy syndrome and open pericardium. Early diagnosis is important because (1) if it is unrecognized, the patient may deteriorate clinically, and (2) if surgery is delayed, the patient may have an increased risk of operative death. Hereby we report a case of effusive constrictive pericarditis after ventricular septal defect repair, in which constriction physiology was suggested by Doppler echocardiography after pericardiostomy.
Keywords: Effusive constrictive pericarditis, Cardiac surgery, Doppler echocardiography
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