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Incidental Detection of a Pericardial Cyst

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2020; 117: 71. DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2020.0071

Zalloum, N; Trappe, H


An 89-year old man complained of recurring non-radiating retrosternal pain with no clear relation to exercise. The patient was known to have coronary heart disease and had undergone a percutaneous coronary intervention on the ramus interventricularis anterior. On echocardiography the dimensions of the right ventricle (RV) were normal and no abnormality of left ventricular pump function (LV-PF) was found. No defects were detected. Coronary angiography, repeated to clarify the findings, showed no progression of the coronary status. Radiographically, the right heart silhouette was enlarged compared with earlier images (Figure 1, orange arrows) Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to determine the reason for the enlargement detected a large hyperdense pericardial cyst (diameter 77 × 45 mm) (Figure 2, white arrows). Pericardial cysts can cause angina pectoris. A pericardial cyst can be operatively resected, but in this case the patient did not want to undergo surgery. A 12-month follow-up appointment was arranged to check for growth of the cyst.

Nedall Zalloum, Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Joachim Trappe, Medizinische Klinik II (Kardiologie/Angiologie), Marien Hospital Herne – Universitätsklinikum der Ruhr-Universität, Nedall.Zalloum@elisabethgruppe.de

Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare that no conflict of interest exists.

Translated from the original German by David Roseveare.

Cite this as: Zalloum N, Trappe HJ: Incidental detection of a pericardial cyst. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2020; 117: 71. DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2020.0071