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what is organizing fibrinous pericarditis diagnosis from tissue obtained during a pericardial window? what are the short term and long term implications?

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Dr. Justin Sambol
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Chronic inflammation: This is a chronic inflammation around the heart. Over time it can lead to constrictive pericarditis which is a process where the heart has trouble filling and pumping. It may require surgery to treat but if detected and addressed early enough it may be treatable with minimally invasive techniques using a robot.
Answered on Jul 2, 2014
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Dr. Lance Berger
30 years experience Cardiology
Likely inflammatory: The most likely possibilities are viral, idiopathic (meaning we don't know), rheumatologic (ie lupus or rheumatoid arthritis), cancer or other infection. If it's not cancer, then it is most likely inflammatory. It should be treated with anti inflammatories and observation. It should be monitored long term by a cardiologist.
Answered on Jul 2, 2014
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