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Myocardial abscess with contained rupture: Successful repair

Harris D.G. ; Rossouw G.J. (2001)


Spontaneous rupture of the heart from myocardial abscess is a rare occurrence. Most cases of spontaneous cardiac rupture are due to myocardial infarction. We present a case of a contained rupture of the heart in a patient with staphylococcal septicemia. Although cultures from the pericardial space were negative the macroscopic and clinical picture was compatible with an abscess. © 2001 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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