Constrictive pericarditis after cardiac surgery

Mario Fulvio Luigi Gaudino, Massimo Massetti, Amedeo Anselmi, Natalia Pavone

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Abstract

Constrictive pericarditis may develop as a midterm or late complication of cardiac surgery. Owing to limited incidence and scarce reports in the literature the pathophysiologic determinants of such conditions are scarcely known, although a number of mechanisms have been implicated. This disease often poses major diagnostic issues as its clinical picture at presentation is nonspecific, may develop at any moment during the postoperative follow-up, and transthoracic echocardiography may be not suggestive of the diagnosis. The present paper aims at critically revising the available literature on the topic, emphasizing the need to keep a high level of suspicion for all surgeons and physicians involved in the long-term care of cardiac surgery patients.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)731-736
Numero di pagine6
RivistaTHE ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY
Volume95
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013

Keywords

  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Humans
  • Pericarditis, Constrictive

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