A left ventricular pseudoaneurysm (LVP) is defined as an outpouching contained by the surrounding pericardium. Clinical presentation is often unspecific with patients presenting with chest pain, dyspnea, symptoms consistent with heart failure, and post-myocardial infarction. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging represents an important tool for differentiating a pseudoaneurysm from a true aneurysm. Furthermore, multiple imagining modalities are available, including transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiogram and contrast ventriculography, which remains the gold standard diagnostic technique. Early recognition and prompt surgical management are of utmost importance in patients with acute and symptomatic LVP. On the other hand, medical management may be considered in patients with chronic and small pseudoaneurysms. Here, we are presenting a 74-year-old lady who presented with chest pain and was found to have a chronic and small LVP which was managed conservatively.
Elkattawy, Sherif; Romero, Jesus; Romero, Ana L.; Elkattawy, Omar; Patel, Roma; Shamoon, Razan; and Shamoon, Fayez
"Contained Left Ventricular Free Wall Rupture Following a Silent Myocardial Infarction,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 13:
6, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol13/iss6/2