Vol 19, No 2 (2012)
Case Reports
Published online: 2012-03-30

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An unusual presentation of pericardial cyst: Recurrent syncope in a young patient

Erkan Ilhan, Firat Altin, Oguz Ugur, Selvinaz Özkara, Ilyas Kayacioglu, Numan Ali Aydemir, Gülsah Tayyareci
Cardiol J 2012;19(2):188-191.


Although pericardial cysts are generally benign structures and detected incidentally, they may be associated with life-threatening complications. We present the case of a 24 year-old man with a giant hemorrhagic pericardial cyst diagnosed after evaluation for recurrent syncope which caused compression of the right ventricle. Spontaneous hemorrhage into a pericardial cyst is an extremely rare event, and to our knowledge this is the first case in which a pericardial cyst has been shown to cause recurrent syncope. (Cardiol J 2012; 19, 2: 188–191)

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