Myocardial abscess with contained rupture: Successful repair
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.