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What can help for the treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Usually only surgery

Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the pericardium, the thin layer of tissue enveloping the outside of the heart, becomes thick and inflexible, preventing the heart from expanding outward to fill with blood.
Generally the only treatment is complete surgical resection of pericardium. Rarely, if early enough in the process, high dose anti-inflammatory meds can reverse the process.

In brief: Usually only surgery

Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the pericardium, the thin layer of tissue enveloping the outside of the heart, becomes thick and inflexible, preventing the heart from expanding outward to fill with blood.
Generally the only treatment is complete surgical resection of pericardium. Rarely, if early enough in the process, high dose anti-inflammatory meds can reverse the process.
Dr. Alon Gitig
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In brief: Surgery

History, swelling and venous congestion of head, neck liver, etc.
Study by echo may suggest cardiac cath and pressure measurements confirm when confirmed, surgery with pump, standby is a common approach with removal, of substantive portion of pericardium.

In brief: Surgery

History, swelling and venous congestion of head, neck liver, etc.
Study by echo may suggest cardiac cath and pressure measurements confirm when confirmed, surgery with pump, standby is a common approach with removal, of substantive portion of pericardium.
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