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Prevention of postoperative pericardial adhesions by closure of the pericardium with absorbable polymer patches.
When pericardial adhesions are diffuse, the pericardial space is obliterated, and this circumstance has been called "obliterative pericarditis.
Hill is expected to note that pericardial adhesions subject patients requiring re-operation to potential injuries to the heart, great vessels and cardiac grafts following repeated surgery to the chest.