October 1984

[ill]current Cardiac Constriction [ill]ter Pericardiectomy

Author Affiliations

[ill]rom the Cardiology Branch, Department of Internal Medicine and the [ill]ical Investigation Department Naval Hospital, San Diego (Drs Pick and [ill]ig); and the Department of Pathology, University of California San [ill]o School of Medicine, La Jolla, Calif (Dr Bloor).

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(10):2061-2063. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.04400010186032

Dependent edema, ascites, and exertional dyspnea devel[ill]d in a patient seven months after pericardiectomy for [ill]strictive pericarditis. Cardiac catheterization documented [ill]strictive physiology. At the second operation, he was [ill]nd to have extensive mediastinal fibrosis that encased the [ill]rt. Postmortem examination showed a fibrocartilagenous [ill]skeleton that encased both ventricles. Possible etiologies this unusual reconstriction are discussed.

[ill]Arch Intern Med 1984;144:2061-2063)