KENNETH H. DAVIDSON, M.D.; ALFRED F. PARISI, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JAMES J. HARRINGTON, B.S.; ERNEST M. BARSAMIAN, M.D.; MICHAEL C. FISHBEIN, M.D.
Echocardiography showed a large anterior chamber communicating with the left ventricular cavity through the interventricular septum in a patient with a previous left ventricular aneurysmectomy. At postmortem examination this chamber proved to be an 11-cm diameter pseudoaneurysm that opened into the left ventricle through a 3-cm orifice. A review of the literature showed 67 cases of histologically proven left ventricular pseudoaneurysm, most of which occurred after myocardial infarction and cardiac surgery. Twenty-six of 32 left ventricular pseudoaneurysms were successfully operated upon. Among 35 patients with pseudoaneurysms not operated upon, rupture was a cause of death in 11.
DAVIDSON KH, PARISI AF, HARRINGTON JJ, BARSAMIAN EM, FISHBEIN MC. Pseudoaneurysm of the Left Ventricle: an Unusual Echocardiographic Presentation: Review of the Literature. Ann Intern Med. ;86:430–433. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-4-430
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(4):430-433.
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