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Left ventricular free wall rupture due to myocardial infarction in a patient presenting with clinical features of acute abdomen [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2006; 34(3): 180-183

Left ventricular free wall rupture due to myocardial infarction in a patient presenting with clinical features of acute abdomen

Zeynep Tartan1, Şennur Ünal Dayi1, Gökçen Orhan2, Neşe Çam1
1Dr. Siyami Ersek Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Eğiitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kardiyoloji Kliniği, İstanbul
2Dr. Siyami Ersek Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Eğiitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Klinği, İstanbul

Myocardial free wall rupture due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a rare complication with an incidence of 2% to 4%. The patients’ complaints in AMI may not always be typical. In particular, the clinical presentation of inferior myocardial infarction may be confused with gastrointestinal symptoms. A 54-year-old male patient presented with acute abdominal pain, faintness, and sweating. On admission, there was no ST segment elevation related to AMI. Due to the presence of acute abdominal pain and shock symptoms, an urgent abdominal exploration was planned to identify abdominal pathology. Prior to exploration, echocardiography was performed to evaluate cardiac functions and to rule out any cardiac etiology associated with shock symptoms. It demonstrated myocardial free wall rupture and a hematoma compressing the right ventricle. He was referred to an emergency cardiac operation, during which he died due to uncontrolled bleeding through multiple ruptured areas in the myocardium.

Keywords: Echocardiography; heart rupture, post-infarction/ diagnosis/mortality; heart ventricles/injuries; myocardial infarction/complications.

How to cite this article
Zeynep Tartan, Şennur Ünal Dayi, Gökçen Orhan, Neşe Çam. Left ventricular free wall rupture due to myocardial infarction in a patient presenting with clinical features of acute abdomen. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2006; 34(3): 180-183

Corresponding Author: Zeynep Tartan, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: Turkish


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