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Korean Circ J. 2006 Mar;36(3):242-244. English. Case Report.
Ahn YH , Kim NH , Song MJ , Park EM , Kim YK , Yun KH , Yoo NJ , Shin SH , Lee EM , Oh SK , Jeong JW , Choi JB .
Department of Internal Medicine, Wonkwang University School of Medicine, Iksan, Korea.
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovsacular Surgery, Wonkwang University School of Medicine, Iksan, Korea.
The Institute of Wonkwang Medical Sciences, Iksan, Korea.

Spontaneous rupture of a papillary muscle from a papillary abscess is extremely rare. Most cases of papillary muscle ruptures are due to myocardial infarction or trauma. We describe the clinical course of a 68-year-old man who died from a papillary muscle rupture as a complication of a papillary muscle abscess due to Streptococcal pyogenes septicemia.

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