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Doctor insights on: Fetal Pericardial Effusion Causes

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How will pericardial effusion affect the fetus?

How will pericardial effusion affect the fetus?

Hydrops.: Fetal pericardial effusions can lead to tamponade and worsening heart failure with hydrops and fetal loss. Depending on their cause they may be amenable to fetal interventions and/or early delivery at a tertiary care center. ...Read more

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Pericardial Effusion (Definition)

An effusion is a fluid collection around the heart. The heart sits in a sac called the pericardium. Fluid can accumulate in this sac for various reasons (infection, inflammatory processes - ...Read more


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29 weeks pregnant with leukocyte esterase:large, fetal pericardial effusion and short long bones. Can all these be related? Be markers of a syndrome?

29 weeks pregnant with leukocyte esterase:large, fetal pericardial effusion and short long bones. Can all these be related? Be markers of a syndrome?

ChromosomalAbnormaly: Short long bones are considered a soft sign of potential chromosomal abnormality and generally a fetal pericardial effusion also can be indicative of a chromosomal problem (not always). The leukocyte esterase is separate. Your OB doctor is going to be the best person to interpret these findings for you because they have all of the information to put the pieces of the puzzle together. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a mod-large pericardial effusion to go away from pericarditis? Also why does pericardial effusion caused pain down left side

How long does it take for a mod-large pericardial effusion to go away from pericarditis? Also why does pericardial effusion caused pain down left side

Doesn't go away w/o t: A pericardial effusion doesn't normally go away without treatment or drainage. Which to choose depends on the cause of the effusion (viral? Thyroid? Cancer?) How long treatment takes to get rid of the fluid (& the likelihood that it will come back) also depends on the cause. Talk to an experienced cardiologist for help if you don't have a diagnosis. Best of luck! Thanks for asking HealthTap! ...Read more

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Help please! Could dental work cause pericardial effusion?

Help please! Could dental work cause pericardial effusion?

No: Dental treatment does not cause excess fluid to collect around the heart. Viruses are the main cause including hiv. Other causes include heart attack, kidney failure, cancer. Please see your md if you have symptoms like shortness of breath, clammy skin, nausea or chest pain. ...Read more

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Why does pericardial effusion caused tingling/burning feeling on chest?

Why does pericardial effusion caused tingling/burning feeling on chest?

Heart no pain fibers: All the pain fibers in the Pericardium. Pain is the autonomic nervous system telling you something is not right. The pericardium is inflamed and nerves send signals to brain. Pericardial effus not necessarily blood. ...Read more

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I have a mod-large pericardial effusion. Is it normal for it to cause a gurgling feeling in chest. It feels different than palpitations.

I have a mod-large pericardial effusion. Is it normal for it to cause a gurgling feeling in chest. It feels different than palpitations.

No: U may feel heaviness but usually no feeling like that you may have SXs like sob with minimal exertion weakness dizziness it is a serious condition its reason should be found out u should treat underlying conditions ...Read more

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Could pericardial effusion cause a heart block?

Could pericardial effusion cause a heart block?

Pericardial effusion: Pericardial effusion most commonly is associated with faster heart rates as tachycardia compensates to maintaini cardiac output when there is restriction to ventricular filling as there is in large effusions. If the effusion is small, heart rate is likely unaffected. Depending on the cause of the effusion, however, heart block could occur (hypothyroidism), or if vagal reaction occurs. ...Read more

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Could a pericardial effusion cause a heart block?

Could a pericardial effusion cause a heart block?

Peicardial effusion: Pericardial effusions can be small and not hemodynamicallly significant (inflamed lining) and in such cases they cause pain mostly. If effusion is large and prevents filling of the heart, low BP results. It can occasionally be assorted with slow heart rates (example hypothyroidism), or. When vagal reflexes are stimulated. ...Read more

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What could cause IGG to be over 3, 000 with normal IGE, IGA. 2 weeks later was diagnosis with pericardial effusion (1 liter blood) Any connection?

What could cause IGG to be over 3, 000 with normal IGE, IGA. 2 weeks later was diagnosis with pericardial effusion (1 liter blood) Any connection?

Agree need diagnosi: We need a diagnosis and you need further evaluation. Was the pericardial effusion due to blood? Your evaluation needs ot clarify this. The elevated IgG is not specific but can be present for a variety of reasons. You may need to see a rheumatologist to help clarify this. ...Read more

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7 months post large pericardial effusion. Weaned offcolchine. Takingverapimel to control tachycardia palpitations. What can cause palp to start again?

7 months post large pericardial effusion. Weaned offcolchine. Takingverapimel to control tachycardia palpitations. What can cause palp to start again?

See your MD: Your doctor can send you to cardiology to find out. The verapamil can slow down tachycardia and can block the common, regular pathway, but not alternative electrical pathways. Your cardiologist can find out. Also reconsider young lung medicine and either change or adjust dose especially of albuterol if you find it may be doing it. ...Read more

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Can pericardial effusion w/o pericarditis cause pain still. MRI and blood work shows no inflammation, but I do have mod-large pericardial effusion?

Need diagnosis: Obviously we need to determine the underlying cause of the effusion. So we would need a thorough history/physical and review any and all testing to date. Cardiology referral with echocardiogram (heart ultrasound)if not already completed. Worse case would new to have the fluid aspirated for further diagnostic evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a pericardial window 4 years ago (pericarditis, pericardial effusion/tampenade -1 liter blood). Could chronic pericarditis cause frequent anemia?

I had a pericardial window 4 years ago (pericarditis, pericardial effusion/tampenade -1 liter blood). Could chronic pericarditis cause frequent anemia?

Not exactly: Amy, there are medical conditions that can lead to both a pericarditis and to anemia but pericarditis in and of itself should not cause anemia. I'd recommend checking with the doctors who treated your pericarditis as they likely did some tests to find the root cause before they drained it and performed the window.
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What is a pericardial effusion?

What is a pericardial effusion?

Fluid around heart: Heart muscle is covered by very thin layer of tissue called epicardium. Further surrounded by very thin partially distensible sac called pericardium. Space between epi- and peri- cardium always contains small amount of lubricating fluid. Epi or pericardium can become inflammed or fluid can leak into this space. When fluid accumulates and becomes detectable it is an "effusion.". ...Read more

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What's a trivial pericardial effusion?

What's a trivial pericardial effusion?

No concern: We all have small amounts of fluid in the pericardial sac around the heart. Think of motor oil for valves in engine which lubricates surfaces ti reduce friction. If we can see this on an echocardiogram we will frequently say trivial effusion. ...Read more

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How are pericardial effusion and overloading related?

How are pericardial effusion and overloading related?

Overloading?: I do not quite understand what you mean by overloading? Did someone state that you have cardiac congestion? ...Read more

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Pericardial effusion? Treat with diuretic?

Pericardial effusion: If pericardial effusion is part of systemic fluid overload (anasarca) or as a result of renal failure (uremic) diuresis might be helpful. If the effusion, however, is large and compression prevents ventricular filling, then diuretics could make things worse, by reducing the preload and depressing ventricular filling even more. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between pericarditis and pericardial effusion?

Is there a difference between pericarditis and pericardial effusion?

Pericardium: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the heart. A pericardial effusion is fluid that lies between this membrane and the heart muscle. ...Read more

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Do all pericardial effusion need to be drained even if they are moderate to large in size. What is the criteria when determining if drainage is neede?

Do all pericardial effusion need to be drained even if they are moderate to large in size. What is the criteria when determining if drainage is neede?

Other than for: Diagnostic reasons if there is not tamponade physiology and the patient is asymptomatic without hemodynamic compromise it can be observed clinically and followed by diagnostic studies without having to drain it. ...Read more

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I have a mod-large pericardial effusion inferior to lv & rv. So where is that located exactly? Dr. said "IF" he removes it will do pericardial window.

Dr. Yun Tran Dr. Tran
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Bottom of heart: Inferior to left ventricle and right ventricle. So the fluid is at the bottom of your heart. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a mod-large pericardial effusion inferior to LV & RV W/mild septal bounce w/no other sign of constriction. Dr. just wants to watch it?

Pericardial: Effusion is not "dangerous" by itself unless it interferes with cardiac function OR the CAUSE is not known!

"Watchful Waiting" is often the most APPROPRIATE medical decision!

Hope this helps!
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What does circumferential pericardial effusion mean?

What does circumferential pericardial effusion mean?

Pericardial effusion: The fluid is all around the heart (circumferential) as opposed to only at places (loculated). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pericardial effusion?

Definition: An effusion is a fluid collection around the heart. The heart sits in a sac called the pericardium. Fluid can accumulate in this sac for various reasons (infection, inflammatory processes - sle, kidney disease, cancer). ...Read more

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Can you fly after a pericardial effusion?

Flight: If the pericardial effusion has resolved, flying likely ok. If it is still present, not a good idea to fly. ...Read more

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