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What is involved in a pericardium removal? What happens after?

What is involved in a pericardium removal? What happens after?

Depends; why removed: The pericardium is the lining sac that surrounds the heart. If the lining itself is diseased or the sac is filled with fluids with the net result being compromised cardiac function, then removing the pericardium or simply creating a "window", or a drainage outlet that allows fluid to be absorbed by the lung's pleural space, is needed. It then relieves the underlying problem, improving function. ...Read more

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Pericardium (Definition)

The thin tissue layer forming a sack around the heart ...Read more


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What is involved in a pericardium removal? What is the procedure?

Pericardiectomy: read this: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/services/pericardiectomy

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What is long term outcome of removal of a large portion of the pericardium? Could stiffening, scar tissue not be evident until surgery for a window?

What is long term outcome of removal of a large portion of the pericardium?  Could stiffening, scar tissue not be evident until surgery for a window?

Depends on disease: Pericardial window , done for varieties of causes from ca , for trauma , heart & liver problems etc , to prevent life threatening taponade of heart.So the out come depends on etiology. Most of the time out come will be good, could recur , scar will contract (constrictive pericarditis ) heart can herniate are all rare complications. ...Read more

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What happens if the pericardium is removed?

Not much: It is unlikely that anything significant will happen. Frequently, the pericardium is left open after "open heart" surgery. The pericardium is also resected when a person develops constrictive pericarditis and the person usually does fine afterwards. ...Read more

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What happens to you if you remove the pericardium?

Pericardiectomy: read this: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/services/pericardiectomy

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What is pericardium?

What is pericardium?

Pericardium: The pericardium is the tissue covering which encloses the heart. It is separate from the outer layer of the heart which is called the epicardium. ...Read more

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What is pericardium?

Pericardium: The pericardium is the tissue covering which encloses the heart. It is separate from the outer layer of the heart which is called the epicardium. ...Read more

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What is a partial pericardium?

What is a partial pericardium?

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 more

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