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Experience With Pericardiectomy for Constrictive Pericarditis Over Eight Decades

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Source Name: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Takashi Murashita, Hartzell V. Schaff, Richard C. Daly, Jae K. Oh, Joseph A. Dearani, John M. Stulak, Katherine S. King, Kevin L. Greason

Murashita and colleagues reviewed the surgical outcomes of patients with intraoperatively-confirmed constrictive pericarditis. The authors divided patients into a historical group (1936- 1990) and a contemporary group (1990-2013) to compare patient presentation and analyze risk factors for negative outcomes. The etiology of pericarditis was known in nearly half of contemporary cases, as opposed to fewer than 20% of historical cases. Long-term outcomes were similar between the groups when patient characteristics were controlled for.

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