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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 203

Congenital partial absence of the pericardium presenting with a rare concurrent abnormality of vascular ring diagnosed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

1 Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Echocardiography, Kowsar Hospital, Shiraz, Iran
3 Cardiovascular Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
4 Department of Medical Sciences, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran
5 Cardiac Surgery Research Committee, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad; Student Research Committee, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Pouya Nezafati
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Imam Reza Hospital, Ibn Sina Boulevard, P.O. Box 9137913316, Mashhad
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-9175.192630

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Congenital absence of the pericardium is a rare abnormality that can be diagnosed by cardiac imaging procedures. A 49-year-old male needed medical attention due to the appearance of palpitation with a systolic murmur, and a notable aortic arch deviation was seen in the chest X-ray. In the echocardiogram, a poor echo window was detected. A cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a rare concomitant anomaly of partial absence of the pericardium including a rare defect of the right-sided aortic arch. Using cardiac MRI, the pericardium can be easily visualized, and thus, its absence more easily detected, aiding appropriate clinical decision-making.

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