Partial pericardial defect incidentally discovered during coronary bypass surgery

Kuk Hui Son, Ho Sung Son, Eun Jeong Choi, Kyung Sun

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    A 71-yr-old male patient with three vessel coronary artery disease underwent a coronary artery bypass graft. The patient was found to have a large pericardial defect at the apex of the heart that measured approximately 18 cm in circumference. The edge of the pericardial defect impinged on the epicardial coronary arteries. The left phrenic nerve descended via the dorsal boundary of the pericardial defect. Following coronary artery bypass grafting, the pericardial defect was repaired with a polytetrafluorethylene patch. The patient had an uncomplicated postoperative course.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-147
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Korean medical science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan


    • Congenital abnormalities
    • Coronary artery bypass
    • Pericardium
    • Phrenic nerve

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)


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