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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Pericardial Effusion (Overview)

Pericardial effusion is also known as Blood around the heart. 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 is the definition or description of: pericardial effusion?

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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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Pericardial Effusion (Overview)

Pericardial effusion is also known as Blood around the heart. 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?

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. Tonga Nfor
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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 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. Eric Weisman
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Blood Around The Heart (Definition)

Blood around the heart (hemopericardium) describes the condition where blood accumulates in the sac surrounding the heart. This can be caused by injury to vessels around the heart, damage to the heart wall itself, or by cancers involving the ...Read more


Effusion (Definition)

Increased joint fluid or ...Read more


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