A 41-year-old member asked:
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can pericarditis cause the heart sac to burst?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
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
Dr. Mircea Petrina
23 years experience Cardiology
No: The heart will collapse though if the inflammation will cause enough fluid accumulation over a short period of time.
Answered on Jan 5, 2015
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