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
SEMLER HJ, BRANDENBURG RO, KIRKLIN JW. PERICARDIAL DISEASE COMPLICATING CONGENITAL HEART LESIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;53:494–509. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-3-494
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(3):494-509.
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