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Farmington, MN
A 40-year-old female asked about a male:

pericardial effusion new diagnosis..pericardial window done..no temps..wbc.6..new pacemaker placed 2mth ago..lead placement ok..large pericarditis?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Question: Not sure what the question is here - sorry. It sounds like you've been through the wringer though.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
For those who are aware, I acknowledge that the xray that was attached to this question shows a pleural, not pericardial, effusion. I had nothing to do with this choice/mistake.
Aug 22, 2013
Dr. Saqib Masroor
Thoracic Surgery 33 years experience
Many possibilities: Pericardial effusion could be from pericarditis as you said, or from a subclinical perforation of the heart at the time of pacemaker implantation. In addition many other inflammatory conditions and renal failure can lead to effusion.

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