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What is a thickened pericardium?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Pericardium

The pericardium is a very thin membrane that surrounds the heart.
When the pericardium becomes inflamed from various causes, it can become thickened and can even calcify and severely impair heart function.

In brief: Pericardium

The pericardium is a very thin membrane that surrounds the heart.
When the pericardium becomes inflamed from various causes, it can become thickened and can even calcify and severely impair heart function.
Dr. Mark Milunski
Dr. Mark Milunski
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: As it sounds

The pericardium is the fibrous covering that surrounds the heart.
On echo, ct or mri, it can appear to be thick and is read as such but there is no clinical significance unless it causes abnormal physiology called constrictive pericarditis. CP results in a syndrome which is similar to congestive heart failure.

In brief: As it sounds

The pericardium is the fibrous covering that surrounds the heart.
On echo, ct or mri, it can appear to be thick and is read as such but there is no clinical significance unless it causes abnormal physiology called constrictive pericarditis. CP results in a syndrome which is similar to congestive heart failure.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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