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Off-Pump Complete Pericardiectomy for an Unusual Case of Annular Constrictive Pericarditis

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Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
94
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.01.080

Abstract

We describe a case of a 64-year-old man with constrictive pericarditis of unusual anatomy. Preoperative investigations revealed the thickened and calcified pericardial ring encircling the right and left ventricular cavity at the level of the atrioventricular (AV) groove and crossing the left anterior descending coronary artery, leading to strangulation of the heart. Off-pump complete pericardiectomy was performed successfully. The patient's postoperative course was uneventful.

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