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I had an echo that came back and it said I have a small pericardial effusion.?
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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Imagine your fist (representing your heart) pushing in one side of a balloon until the balloon (pericardium) surrounds the fist (heart).
There's always a small amount of fluid between the two parts/sides of the pericardium to allow it to slide easily. With inflammation and/or injury, you can develop extra fluid known as an effusion. Talk to doctor who ordered echo b/c implications depend upon you.

In brief: Talk to your doc
Imagine your fist (representing your heart) pushing in one side of a balloon until the balloon (pericardium) surrounds the fist (heart).
There's always a small amount of fluid between the two parts/sides of the pericardium to allow it to slide easily. With inflammation and/or injury, you can develop extra fluid known as an effusion. Talk to doctor who ordered echo b/c implications depend upon you.
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