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what are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Varies: Can range from mild shortness of breathe with exertion to flash pulmonay edema and florid heart failure.
Answered on Jun 19, 2012
Dr. Jesus Yap
Dr. Jesus Yap answered
52 years experience Cardiology
Edema: The most striking finding in constrictive pericarditis is severe edema with minimal respiratory symptoms unlike in patients with heart failure. The neck veins are engorged, the abdomen is distended with enlarged liver and ascites and the extremities are severely swollen and yet patient appears to be quite comfortable even when lying in bed nearly flat
Answered on Sep 17, 2014
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Dr. Jesus Yap
Dr. Jesus Yap commented
52 years experience Cardiology
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Other than perhaps sign of pleural effusion,the lungs are often clear by auscultation
Sep 17, 2014

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