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Pericardium: Congenital absence or partial pericardium is found throughout the world. In most cases, it has no clinical significance, but can show up incidentally as shifted heart on ct scans and xrays. In some folks there could be clinical significance if they need to undergo surgery. There are also some theories that the pericardium aids in the contraction or elastic recoil of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small amount normal: There is normally a tiny amount of fluid there but if it increases it can compress the heart and cause problems. Finding the reason for the fluid such as bacterial infection, tb, tumor, or certain inflammatory disease is necessary to determine the treatment and the prognosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Little role: The pericardium is a lining around the heart muscle. Its function is of little value, but it is thought to be a barrier against foreign bodies or proteins that might harm the heart muscle. Its only significance is when the pericardium is inflammed, as in pericarditis, or when fluid builds up around the heart and collects between the heart and pericardium and can cause heart failure. ...Read more
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