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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-19

A floating heart: A case of congenital pericardial agenesis associated with atrial septal defect


1 Echocardiography Research Center, Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Tehran, Iran
2 Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hoda Mombeini
Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Valiasr Street, Tehran
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ACVI.ACVI_4_19

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Congenital absence of the pericardium is a rare condition. Diagnosis and management of this condition remain a dilemma for clinicians. Here, we report a case of 15-year-old boy who had complaint of palpitation. Considering the echocardiographic features, pericardial agenesis associated with atrial septal defect (ASD) was suspected and multimodality imaging was performed for subsequent confirmation. Mal-aligned septum leads to failure in ASD device closure; therefore, the defect was repaired surgically by using a Dacron patch. Physicians need to be aware of this disorder and its associated congenital abnormalities, to enable them to make a correct diagnosis and treatment plan.


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