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What causes a big liver in constrictive pericarditis?

What causes a big liver in constrictive pericarditis?

Constrictive pericar: Causes a decrease of inflow of blood into the right atrium and right ventricle so blood backs up into the liver. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What is constrictive pericarditis? Why is it such a big deal?

What is constrictive pericarditis? Why is it such a big deal?

Limited treatment: Constrictive pericarditis describes a situation in which the sac around the heart has gotten very stiff - usually as a result of prior inflammation from either infection or maybe open heart surgery - and as a result does not allow the heart muscle to expand whenever it needs to in order to accept more blood returning from the body or the lung. Surgery is the only effective treatment once symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the causes hepatomegaly in constrictive pericarditis?

Venous Pressure: There is increased venous pressure because the venous return is impaired. ...Read more

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Does constrictive pericarditis cause elevated right ventricular systolic pressure?

Does constrictive pericarditis cause elevated right ventricular systolic pressure?

Not until very late: Normally the right sided diastolic pressure increases, and will equalize with the right atrial and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure. If the disease persists to the point where left ventricular failure occurs, then the right ventricular systolic will rise. This is very late in the disease and the patient is very sick at that time. Look for other causes of high rv pressure, ie valve, lung issues. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose constrictive pericarditis?

Echo or Cath: History, swelling and venous congestion of head, neck liver, etc. Study by echo may suggest cardiac cath and pressure measurements confirm. ...Read more

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What foods should I stay away from with constrictive pericarditis?

What foods should I stay away from with constrictive pericarditis?

Salt: No real food restriction, but less salt may be helpful, it does not precipitate chf. ...Read more

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What can help for the treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

Usually only surgery: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the pericardium, the thin layer of tissue enveloping the outside of the heart, becomes thick and inflexible, preventing the heart from expanding outward to fill with blood. Generally the only treatment is complete surgical resection of pericardium. Rarely, if early enough in the process, high dose anti-inflammatory meds can reverse the process. ...Read more

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Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Enlarged Liver (Definition)

Hepatomegaly, otherwise known as an enlarged liver, is a clinical finding in which the liver is found to be larger than is normal, either by the physical exam from a physician or by imaging such as CT scan or ultrasound. This can be due to alcoholism, hepatitis viruses, inherited liver ...Read more


Dr. Steven Sahn
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Constrictive Pericarditis (Definition)

Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where there is inflammation of the pericardium, the fibrous sheath (outer covering) around the heart. This inflammation makes the pericardium more stiff and constricts the ...Read more