Inflammatory epicardial reaction to processed bovine pericardium: case report

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1984 Nov;88(5 Pt 1):789-91.


Processed bovine pericardium is increasingly used as a pericardial substitute. It is allegedly nonreactive with epicardium, but adequate clinical data are lacking on this subject. A case report is presented wherein a dense epicardial reaction to processed bovine pericardium was found at reoperation. Histologic examination confirmed the presence of a severe inflammatory response.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bioprosthesis / adverse effects*
  • Coronary Artery Bypass / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / etiology*
  • Inflammation / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pericarditis / etiology
  • Pericarditis / pathology
  • Pericardium / pathology
  • Pericardium / surgery*
  • Reoperation