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
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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