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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 497891, 3 pages
Case Report

Common Atrium: A Rare Cause of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

1Cardia Heart Clinic, 6/7 Hadejia Road, Kano, Nigeria
2Department of Medicine, Bayero University/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, 3 New Hospital Road, Kano, Nigeria
3Douala Cardiovascular Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Douala, Douala, Cameroon

Received 25 December 2014; Accepted 28 January 2015

Academic Editor: André Mégarbané

Copyright © 2015 K. M. Karaye et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report a rare case of common atrium and acute decompensated heart failure most likely precipitated by acute bacterial pericarditis leading to premature death, in a 25-year-old male footballer. The silent course of the disease for decades as well as the diagnostic and management pitfalls of this case illustrates the importance of early detection by echocardiography and urgent appropriate treatment in intensive care settings to limit the poor prognosis of the condition.