Postoperative pericardial calcification causing diastolic coronary compression

Sandra A. Weiss, Allen S. Anderson, Jaishankar Raman, Neeraj Jolly

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Diastolic compression of the coronary arteries is a rare and likely acquired finding. Previous reports hypothesized that the artery becomes compressed against epicardial and pericardial scarring during ventricular filling, which leads to reduced coronary blood flow and clinical ischemia. We present two cases of isolated diastolic coronary artery compression resulting from contact against postoperative pericardial reflections that became calcified during the course of 10 to 20 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1001-1004
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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