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A member asked about a 71-year-old male:

Just discovered my husband has a tear in the pericardium and that his right atrium poked thru the sac. this was discovered during an open lung biopsy ?

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Dr. Kenny Chuu
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Uncommon: Hi Anne195, Sorry to hear the alarming news. I hope you are coping ok. Pericardial tears are somewhat unusual to find incidentally because the pericardium is a very very strong tissue. Typically we see them as a result of blunt trauma to the chest or abdomen and they are commonly associated with herniation as you described. This requires management by a specialist. Hope this helps.

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