Completion pericardiectomy for recurrent constrictive pericarditis: importance of timing of recurrence on late clinical outcome of operation.


BACKGROUND Recurrent right-side heart failure after operation for constrictive pericarditis (CP) may be caused by incomplete pericardiectomy, recurrent constriction due to exuberant scar tissue, or diastolic dysfunction. Because the risks and benefits of reoperation are not well defined, we reviewed the outcome of completion pericardiectomy. METHODS From… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.01.049


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