Pericardial effusion? Treat with diuretic?

Pericardial effusion. If pericardial effusion is part of systemic fluid overload (anasarca) or as a result of renal failure (uremic) diuresis might be helpful. If the effusion, however, is large and compression prevents ventricular filling, then diuretics could make things worse, by reducing the preload and depressing ventricular filling even more.
No. There are many causes of pericardial effusion and diuretics are not the usual treatment. Check with your doctor as to the reason for the pericardial effusion and the amount (small, moderate or large) which would usually dictate the treatment.

Related Questions

What can I do to treat a reoccurring pericardial effusion?

No effective treatme. Chronic recurrent pericarditis is difficult to treat. In addition to the non steroidal medicines such as Ibuprofen during the acute exacerbation , Colchicine taken daily is often recommended to reduce the frequency of attacks. Read more...

So if drs immediately treated me with steroids for pericardial effusion, making pericarditis chronic. How do I get off the steroids after 6 yrs?

Depends. It depends on the cause of your pericarditis. You should not ween steroids without the advice of your doctor. Suddenly stopping them can cause life threatening problems. Read more...
Chronic pericarditis. Some experts believe initial treatment of acute pericarditis (inflammation of the sac around the heart) with corticosteroids (eg,prednisone) may increase the possibility of a chronic/recurring problem. This is a theory but not definitely known to be the case. Treatment of chronic pericarditis can be a slow process. For personal attention to your situation, consider an inbox consult on healthtap. . Read more...

I was just dxed w/ pericardial effusion. I'm still experiencing many symptoms (short of breath and low bp) but my doc says he will treat it. Why?

You mean how. If the pericardial Effusion is the likely cause of your symptoms you should be calling your doctor now or go the ER as the situation requires urgent attention that will need removal of the fluid usually by needle aspiration. Otherwise if the pericardial fluid has no direct bearing or your symptoms, anti inflammatory drugs are prescribed. Either way it must be resolved now than later. Call MD. Read more...

I was just dxed w/ small pericardial effusion. I am short of breath and keep getting low BP and chest pressure. But my doc won't treat. Why?

Pericardial eff. Pericardial effusion is never normal so the question here is: why do you have it? The answer likely explains your symptoms. Cardiac tamponade can cause low BP and shortness of breath but your doctor doesn't feel you have this. The treatment is to stick a needle into the pericardial sac and drain the fluid which carries risk (potentially lethal) and shouldn't be done without a valid indication. Read more...