New Market, TN
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 ?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Internal Medicine 12 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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Last updated Apr 12, 2017
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