Congenital absence of the pericardium: Case presentation and review of literature

Amr E. Abbas, Christopher P. Appleton, Patrick T. Liu, John P. Sweeney

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Congenital absence of the pericardium is an uncommon finding that may or may not be symptomatic. Asymptomatic patients are discovered incidentally during cardiac surgery for an unrelated condition or postmortem. However, symptomatic patients may experience non-exertional paroxysmal stabbing chest pain. It may occur with other cardiac or extracardiac abnormalities and a variety of imaging modalities may identify the condition. Complete cases are more rare than partial effects. However, complications are more common with partial absence due to strangulation of the heart into the defect thus requiring surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 19 2005


  • Absence
  • CXR
  • Congenital
  • ECG
  • Echo
  • MRI
  • Pericardium
  • RBBB
  • chest X-ray
  • echocardiography
  • electrocardiogram
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • right bundle branch block

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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