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      A Case of Constrictive Pericarditis with Local Thickening of the Pericardium without Manifest Ventricular Interdependence

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          This is the first case report of postsurgical constrictive pericarditis confined to the left ventricle in which the majority of diagnosis tests were not indicative of the disease. A 50-year-old woman with a past history of mitral valve replacement was admitted for right heart failure. Cardiac catheterization showed impaired diastolic filling but lacked the characteristic ventricular interdependence recently reported to be specific for the disease, without manifest radiological appearance of pericardial thickening. However, a new technique using magnetic resonance tagging cine revealed pericardial adhesion, limited to the left ventricle, which was confirmed during pericardiectomy. After the surgery, right heart failure and diastolic filling abnormality disappeared with restoration of normal heart pressures.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1999
          February 2000
          23 March 2000
          : 92
          : 3
          : 214-216
          Affiliations
          aDivision of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, bDivision of Radiology and cDivision of Cardiac Surgery, National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka, Japan
          Article
          6974 Cardiology 1999;92:214–216
          10.1159/000006974
          10754354
          © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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