Congenital partial pericardial defect in a neonate: A case report

Surasak Puvabanditsin, Eugene Garrow, Anjali Biswas, Angela Davydov, Manuel Gomez, Passara Liangthanasarn

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This report describes a neonate with congenital partial absence of the pericardium associated with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The patient presented with severe heart failure caused by a hypoplastic left ventricle. The infant died at 15 hours of age because of intractable congestive heart failure. Necropsy revealed, in addition to a hypoplastic left ventricle, a transverse biventricular constriction suggestive of partial absence of the pericardium. In addition to cardiovascular malformations, a left hydronephrosis and a bicornuate uterus was found. We report a rare clinical entity and review the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-123
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Congenital partial pericardial defect
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Neonate


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