A 41-year-old member asked:
can pericarditis cause the heart sac to burst?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Frank Mayo answered
47 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not likely: Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. It may be associated with fluid accumulation. As the fluid increase it causes the heart to be compressed resulting in shock, this is known as tamponade and requires immediate drainage.
Answered on Feb 1, 2012
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