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Ann Intern Med. 1975 May;82(5):663-5.

Idiopathic chylopericardium: 131-I-triolein scan for noninvasive diagnosis.


We report idiopathic chylopericardium in a physically active, asymptomatic 29-year-old man. Preoperative diagnosis was made by external cardiac imaging after oral administration of 131-I-labeled triolein. To our knowledge this is the first report of preoperative noninvasive diagnosis of chylopericardium. After open drainage and pericardial biopsy, the patient is asymptomatic without recurrence after 8 months.

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