Congenital Absence of the Right Pericardium: Embryology and Imaging

Chi Wan Koo, Adrienne Newburg

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Though congenital pericardial absence is often asymptomatic, complications can be life threatening. To date, few short case reports, primarily from the pre-CT and MR era, describe congenital absence of the right pericardium. We present a more comprehensive discussion of the embryologic derangements causing such defects and offer an up-to-date review of characteristic radiologic findings. Recognition of characteristic imaging findings of congenital pericardial absence is crucial in guiding diagnosis and management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA3
JournalJournal of Clinical Imaging Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Absence
  • congenital
  • embryology
  • imaging
  • pericardium
  • right pericardium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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