HERBERT J. SEMLER, M.D.; ROBERT O. BRANDENBURG, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JOHN W. KIRKLIN, M.D.
Pericardial disease superimposed upon a congenital intracardiac defect may, if unrecognized, simulate right heart failure, and hence suggest a very high surgical risk. It is important to identify the coexistence of both conditions, since they are usually correctable by present-day surgical technics.
Pericardial disease complicating congenital malformations of the heart has rarely been reported. Taussig1 described the pathologic findings in a nine year old girl (case 35) who, it was thought clinically, probably had an "auricular septal defect and a superimposed rheumatic infection." Necropsy revealed unsuspected fibrinous pericarditis, with 150 c.c. of pericardial fluid, in association with an atrial septal
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SEMLER HJ, BRANDENBURG RO, KIRKLIN JW. PERICARDIAL DISEASE COMPLICATING CONGENITAL HEART LESIONS(PERICARDIAL DISEASE COMPLICATING CONGENITAL HEART LESIONS*). Ann Intern Med. 1960;53:494–509. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-3-494
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(3):494-509.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease.
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