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Dr. Steven Sahn
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Constrictive Pericarditis (Overview)

Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where there is inflammation of the pericardium, the fibrous sheath (outer covering) around the heart. This inflammation makes the pericardium more stiff and constricts the movement of the heart.


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What sort of disease is constrictive pericarditis?

What sort of disease is constrictive pericarditis?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Sahn
46 doctors shared insights

Constrictive Pericarditis (Overview)

Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where there is inflammation of the pericardium, the fibrous sheath (outer covering) around the heart. This inflammation makes the pericardium more stiff and constricts the movement of the heart.


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Is ascites precox an exclusive symptom of constrictive pericarditis ?

Is ascites precox an exclusive symptom of constrictive pericarditis ?

Yes: The term ascites praecox does refer specifically to ascites (fluid in abdominal cavity) secondary to constrictive pericaritis. It may occur prior to the development of leg edema. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

What are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

Varies: Can range from mild shortness of breathe with exertion to flash pulmonay edema and florid heart failure. ...Read more

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I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

See a cardiologist: In constrictive pericarditis the fibrous sack that envelops your heart has lost its ability to stretch for some reason and this impacts the ability of your heart to fill and function properly. In some cases removing this fibrous sack may improve the patient's condition. Ask your cardiologist if you are a candidate for this. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose constrictive pericarditis?

How do you diagnose constrictive pericarditis?

Echo or Cath: History, swelling and venous congestion of head, neck liver, etc. Study by echo may suggest cardiac cath and pressure measurements confirm. ...Read more

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How can constrictive pericarditis be treated?

Surgery: Most true constrictive pericarditis needs removal of a major portion of the pericardial sac. ...Read more

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What can help for the treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

Usually only surgery: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the pericardium, the thin layer of tissue enveloping the outside of the heart, becomes thick and inflexible, preventing the heart from expanding outward to fill with blood. Generally the only treatment is complete surgical resection of pericardium. Rarely, if early enough in the process, high dose anti-inflammatory meds can reverse the process. ...Read more

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Which treatment is given in the case of constrictive pericarditis?

Generally surgery: Once diagnosed and confirmed. Risks are assessed and surgery suggested. ...Read more

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