Constrictive pericarditis associated with marlex mesh: Two case reports

Fu-Chean Chen, Po Lai Cha

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Two patients were referred to our hospital with constrictive pericarditis approximately 1 year after undergoing mitral valve repair at another institution. Both repairs had included the use of a pericardial substitute, Marlex mesh, to prevent adhesion and to facilitate possible reoperations. Computed tomography and cardiac catheterization were used to establish the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. During surgery, dense, thickened fibrous tissue, the result of a Marlex mesh-related reaction, was found tightly adhered to the epicardium in each of the patients. It appeared that the Marlex mesh, which had been inserted to facilitate reoperation, had contributed to the development of constrictive pericarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-64
Number of pages2
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Adhesions/etiology/prevention & control
  • Cardiac surgical procedures/adverse effects
  • Constrictive/etiology/surgery
  • Pericarditis
  • Pericardium/transplantation
  • Reoperation
  • Surgical mesh/adverse effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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