We report the case of a 52-year-old woman who presented with a several-year history of palpitation (exacerbated by emotional stress and physical activity) and recent development of atypical chest pain. An investigation was undertaken to diagnose the patient’s problem and to recommend the best possible therapy. Transthoracic echocardiography and a computerized axial tomography scan showed evidence of complete absence of the pericardium, which is a rare congenital heart defect.
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A 13-year-old boy with atrial septal defect and tricuspid valve abnormality was reported. He had crepitan ralles and signs of heart failure. He was treated with digital, diuretic and antimicrobial therapies. After clinical improvement he underwent surgery. The atrial septal defect was closed, and ringplasty was applied to the tricuspid valve. After the operation, he could not be extubated because of respiratory failure. On the seventh day following the surgery, he developed pneumothorax and hyportension and died. Postmortem examination showed bilateral diffuse pulmonary tuberculosis. The aim of this report is to emphasise the association of tuberculosis and congenital heart disease.