Aortic dissection and pericardial tamponade causing compression of the pulmonary arteries in a patient with prior cardiac surgery

Sammy Zakaria, Dipan Desai, Jean Jeudy, Eric M. Thorn

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Abstract

A patient with prior aortic valve surgery presented with aortic dissection and pericardial tamponade, with subsequent compression of the pulmonary arteries. While both expanding pericardial effusions and aortic dissections have been reported to cause compression of other adjacent structures, compression of the pulmonary artery vasculature in a patient with prior cardiac surgery has never been described. In this case report, we highlight this situation, which may have occurred because of alterations in the pericardial and mediastinal spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-318
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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