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Is there a difference between pericarditis and pericardial effusion?

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Dr. Stephen Camacho
Family Medicine

In brief: Pericardium

Pericarditis is an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the heart.
A pericardial effusion is fluid that lies between this membrane and the heart muscle.

In brief: Pericardium

Pericarditis is an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the heart.
A pericardial effusion is fluid that lies between this membrane and the heart muscle.
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