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[The role of echocardiography in the management of ventricular free wall rupture ]

PÁL Mátyás1, LENGYEL Mária1

JULY 27, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(07)

[Our goal was to evaluate which diagnostic and therapeutic approaches could provide a better chance of survival. Between January 1, 1987, and December 7, 1992, 772 patients with acute myocardial infarction were treated in the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology. Cardiac rupture was investigated by the retrospective analysis of clinical data, electrome chanical dissociation, echocardiographic signs and autopsy findings. Ventricular free wall rupture was found in 28 cases. The diagnosis was confirmed by autopsy in 23, by intraoperative findings in 4 cases, and by echocardiography and pericardiocentesis in 1 case. Pericardial effusion was detected in 12 of 14 cases undergoing emergency echocardiography. Seven of these had pericardiocentesis and 2 patients underwent surgical pericardial fenestration. Following this 4 patients were referred to surgery. All 4 patients died: 2 during and 2 shortly after operation. The bleeding stopped in 1 case, after pericardiocen tesis and continous drainage and during the 12 month follow-up the patient is alive and well. In acute myocardial infarction, electromechanical dissociation or signs of tamponade are indications for emergency echocardiography, and if pericardial effusion can be visualized, pericardiocentesis should be performed. This can lead to a temporary haemodynamic improvement, providing sufficient time for emergency surgery.]


  1. Országos Kardiológiai Intézet Budapest



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