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Doctor insights on: Pericardial Window Creation

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What does mildly enlarged cardio mediastinal silhouette &mild enhancement anterior and inferior pericardium I am 3 months post pericardial window?

What does mildly enlarged cardio mediastinal silhouette &mild enhancement  anterior and inferior pericardium  I am  3 months post pericardial window?

It depends what your: Previous x ray looked like. For definitive answer, you will probably need to repeat echocardiogram. Ask your doctor for recommendation on when you should get this test. ...Read more

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Should you be in worse pain after a pericardial window surgery? Is this normal?

Should you be in worse pain after a pericardial window surgery? Is this normal?

Window: you should let your surgeon know what your symptoms are. The person who performed the procedure is best equipped to judge whether you should be having pain. ...Read more

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How long does a pericardial window last? Does it stay open the rest of your life or close quickly?

How long does a pericardial window last?  Does it stay open the rest of your life or close quickly?

Variable: And depends on how much localized inflammation is there which scar area and lead to reclosure. ...Read more

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What is organizing fibrinous pericarditis diagnosis from tissue obtained during a pericardial window? What are the short term and long term implications?

What is organizing fibrinous pericarditis diagnosis from tissue obtained during a pericardial window? What are the short term and long term implications?

Likely inflammatory: The most likely possibilities are viral, idiopathic (meaning we don't know), rheumatologic (ie lupus or rheumatoid arthritis), cancer or other infection. If it's not cancer, then it is most likely inflammatory. It should be treated with anti inflammatories and observation. It should be monitored long term by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for fluid to reform 2 1/2 weeks after having a pericardial window?

Window: You should discuss with your care team. In some circumstances one could have fluid reaccumulate but not common. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a pericardial window. Also how dangerous is getting put under. THANKS?

How dangerous is a pericardial window. Also how dangerous  is getting put under. THANKS?

Tamponade: Pericardial window is performed to drain fluid accumulated around the heart ( blood, serous, pericarditis) as it builds up constricts the heart, and prevents normal filing of the cavities. On inspiration, the pulse amplitude decreases, the heart is pumping empty and on expiration the pulse amplitude improves. The drainage, depending of the severity can be done with a large bore needle, OR,live an underwater drain and the patient stay in the ICU, until the drainage reduces in volume and the hemodynamics are normal. This procedure is frequently performed in the ER, post cardiac surgery, post viral infections or post MI. ...Read more

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What are the chances of pericardial window closing done on Left side VAT. If it did close could it w/in a week or wold it take longer?

What are the chances of pericardial window closing done on Left side VAT. If it did close could it w/in a week or wold it take longer?

Not meant to close: The pericardial window is not meant to close. It should provide a path for fluid that is building up around the heart to drain into the thoracic or abdominal cavity, where large volumes can accumulate & be gradually reabsorbed without threatening life. If a window closes because of scarring or other problems, fluid can accumulate again. Even small amts of fluid around the heart cause big problems. ...Read more