A 33-year-old member asked:
how can pericarditis lead to a cardiac tamponade?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Mark Stern answered
45 years experience Cardiology
Fluid build up: The irritated pericardial lining weeps fluid which builds up in the tight space until the pressure impinges on the hearts ability to pump.
Answered on Sep 18, 2012
Dr. Creighton Wright answered
55 years experience General Surgery
Fluid accumulation: Serous or bloody fluid accumulates in response to the irritation -itis! it only takes a small amount to fill the pericardial sac and compress the heart-tamponade.
Answered on Mar 27, 2013
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