Postoperative pericardial calcification causing diastolic coronary compression

Sandra A. Weiss, Allen S. Anderson, Jaishankar Raman, Neeraj Jolly*

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Abstract

Diastolic compression of the coronary arteries is a rare and likely acquired finding. Previous reports hypothesized that the artery becomes compressed against epicardial and pericardial scarring during ventricular filling, which leads to reduced coronary blood flow and clinical ischemia. We present two cases of isolated diastolic coronary artery compression resulting from contact against postoperative pericardial reflections that became calcified during the course of 10 to 20 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1001-1004
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume90
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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