A Broken Heart
A 69-year-old woman underwent a coronary artery bypass procedure (allegedly on Valentine’s Day). A portable chest film obtained on the second postoperative day showed a striking radiolucent line bisecting the patient’s heart (Figure). On a follow-up film made several hours later, the line had disappeared, proving that it was an artifact and not the result of the surgeon’s knife (or Cupid’s arrow). The cause of the artifact remains a mystery.
The editor of Images in Cardiovascular Medicine is Hugh A. McAllister, Jr, MD, Chief, Department of Pathology, St.Luke's Episcopal Hospital and Texas Heart Institute, and Clinical Professor of Pathology, University of Texas Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine.
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