[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present the case of a 77-year-old woman who suffered from chest pain. Her white blood cell count was 10,200/μL and C-reactive protein level was 5.5 mg/dL. There was no electrocardiogram abnormality up to 5 hours after admission. At 15 hours, slight ST-segment elevation occurred, but this disappeared on day 4. Imaging revealed slight pericardial effusion. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics were administered. However, the pericardial effusion, inflammatory response, and bilateral heart failure worsened. Pericardiotomy on day 6 released 350 mL of fluid, and symptoms improved. Viral pericarditis was assumed. Massive pericardial effusion is rare in cases of acute viral pericarditis, as is slight, short-duration ST-segment elevation.
International Journal of Angiology 09/2011; 20(3):185-8.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The patient was a 65-year-old man with marked ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Cardiac catheterization revealed an occluded middle portion of the left anterior descending artery and no collateral circulation. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was performed, and ST elevation improved 5 days after PCI. Almost all electrocardiogram (ECG) findings were normal 6 months later. Echocardiographic findings were also normal. This case was very successful and unusual in that no ventricular aneurysm formed despite ST elevation continuing for a few days and that ECG and left ventricular function were nearly normal after PCI performed days after the onset in a case without collateral circulation.
International Journal of Angiology 06/2011; 20(2):103-6.