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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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).


Dr. Andrew Seibert
92 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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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

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Trivial pericardial effusion. Is it serious?

Unlikely: It is normal to have a small amount of pericardial fluid present. Current imaging techniques are more sensitive and therefore it is seen more frequently. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a small pericardial effusion?

How dangerous  is a small pericardial effusion?

Depends : Usually this is a benign finding, but the reason for the echocardiogram and the clinical scenario are important to answer your question. I strongly suggest you sit down with the cardiologist and ask a few questions to make sure this is nothing to worry about ...Read more

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What meds do they give for pericardial effusion?

NSAIDS: Most common cause of effusion is inflammation of epi or pericardium. Best treatment is generally anti inflammatory agents. Could use steroids, but usual treatment is non steroidal agents typically Indomethacin although i believe any NSAID at equivalent dose is likely as effective. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between a trivial and a small pericardial effusion?

Not much: Both are insignificant amounts and can even be the same if the echoes were read by different cardiologists. Not to worry as most likely just a different choice of words. ...Read more

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Effusion (Definition)

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