Epipericardial fat necrosis: chest pain in a young pregnant woman

Rohan V Navani, Claudia Ashkar and Harry Gibbs
Med J Aust 2021; 214 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51007
Published online: 3 May 2021

A 28‐year‐old woman at 16 weeks’ gestation presented to the emergency department with a 2‐day history of severe, worsening left‐sided pleuritic chest pain. She denied fever, dyspnoea and other symptoms. There was no history of chest trauma. The pain was exacerbated by movement and relieved by lying in the right recumbent position. She had two previous uncomplicated pregnancies with no cardiac or other medical history.

  • Rohan V Navani
  • Claudia Ashkar
  • Harry Gibbs

  • Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC


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