Ruptured Papillary Muscle Following Myocardial Infarction with Long Survival
Report of Two Cases
Two cases of rupture of a papillary muscle of the left ventricle are presented. We believe that these are the two longest recorded survivals of this complication of acute myocardial infarction.
A presumptive clinical diagnosis is possible from the characteristic history of sudden deterioration together with the development of a loud apical systolic murmur. The differential diagnosis and the possibility of corrective surgery in a patient who survives the acute event are discussed.
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