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Dr. James Dukelow
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Pericardial Effusion (Overview)

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


Dr. John Breinholt
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
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What is the definition or description of: pericardial effusion?

Dr. John Breinholt
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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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Dr. James Dukelow
64 doctors shared insights

Pericardial Effusion (Overview)

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


Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of worsening pericardial effusion, which was previously small?

Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
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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. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
39 years in practice
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Pericardial effusion new diagnosis..Pericardial window done..No temps..Wbc.6..New pacemaker placed 2mth ago..Lead placement ok..Large pericarditis?

Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
39 years in practice
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Pericardial effusion new diagnosis..Pericardial window done..No temps..Wbc.6..New pacemaker placed 2mth ago..Lead placement ok..Large pericarditis?

Question: Not sure what the question is here - sorry. It sounds like you've been through the wringer though. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Board Certified, Dentistry
34 years in practice
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Help please! could dental work cause pericardial effusion?

Dr. Peter Karsant
Board Certified, Dentistry
34 years in practice
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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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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
31 years in practice
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Is pericardial effusion diagonised as tuberculosis contagious through cough or sneezing or by any means?

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
31 years in practice
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Is pericardial effusion diagonised as tuberculosis contagious through cough or sneezing or by any means?

No: If it is not in the lung than it it is not contagious. ...Read more

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Dr. Jesus Yap
Board Certified, Cardiology
48 years in practice
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What can I do to treat a reoccurring pericardial effusion?

Dr. Jesus Yap
Board Certified, Cardiology
48 years in practice
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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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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Is there treatment for trivial pericardial effusion?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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trivial effusion: The treatment for trivial pericardial effusion is diagnosis and observation. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Board Certified, Cardiology
30 years in practice
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Pericardial effusion? Treat with diuretic?

Dr. Steven Ajluni
Board Certified, Cardiology
30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Warren Wolfe
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What are the symptoms of worsening pericardial effusion, which was previously small?

Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
2M people helped

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. Dariush Saghafi
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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


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