Tamponade by an expanding left ventricular pseudoaneurysm: A unique presentation

Balakrishnan Mahesh, Ping Ong, Ramesh Kutty, Yasir Abu-Omar

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Left ventricular free wall rupture secondary to myocardial infarction is an uncommon but catastrophic event requiring emergency surgery. We describe a unique presentation of left ventricular free wall rupture as delayed tamponade caused by a gradually expanding pseudoaneurysm compressing the left atrium, leading to pulmonary congestion that required increasing respiratory support to maintain oxygenation, and necessitated emergency surgery. We discuss the options available to treat pseudoaneurysms due to left ventricular free wall rupture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)976-978
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 23 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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