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what sort of disease is constrictive pericarditis?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Scar formation: Scar formation in the sac enclosing the heart leads to constriction of the heart and interfere with the pumping function. It causes back-up of blood in the liver and may present as heart failure. It may result from healed infections, e.g., tuberculosis or late effect of radiation to the chest.
Answered on Feb 11, 2012
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience General Practice
great answers. Wishing you'all the best
Feb 11, 2012
Dr. Eric Toloza
29 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Inflammation: Inflammation of the heart sac that makes it difficult for the heart to expand during relaxation of the heart (diastole) so it can fill with blood that it then pushes out into the body's blood vessels during contraction (systole) ... This can cause low blood pressure, shortness of breath, fatigue, lightheadedness, and injury to the organs (liver, kidney, brain, intestines, etc).
Answered on Oct 3, 2016

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