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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Pericardial Effusion (Overview)

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).


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What are the symptoms of worsening pericardial effusion, which was previously small?

What are the symptoms of worsening pericardial effusion, which was previously small?

Shortness of breath: Why are you having pericardial effusion to start with -- being so young? Was it infection? Or connective tissue disease? ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
88 doctors shared insights

Pericardial Effusion (Overview)

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).


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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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What can I do to treat a reoccurring pericardial effusion?

No effective treatme: Chronic recurrent pericarditis is difficult to treat. In addition to the non steroidal medicines such as Ibuprofen during the acute exacerbation , Colchicine taken daily is often recommended to reduce the frequency of attacks. ...Read more

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Is there treatment for trivial pericardial effusion?

trivial effusion: The treatment for trivial pericardial effusion is diagnosis and observation. ...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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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?

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

Effusion (Definition)

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