5 doctors weighed in:

My husband was in a serious car accident and the doctor said he has a "hemopericardium." what is that?

5 doctors weighed in
3 doctors agree

In brief: Blood around heart

The heart is surrounded by a sac.
A hemopericardium is when blood is contained in that sac and surrounds the heart.

In brief: Blood around heart

The heart is surrounded by a sac.
A hemopericardium is when blood is contained in that sac and surrounds the heart.
Dr. Dominick Artuso
Dr. Dominick Artuso
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Tracy Berg
Traumatic hemopericardium needs monitoring. If your husband was admitted to the hospital, he likely had cardiac ECHO exams to monitor the pericardium fluid and his heart function. Occasionally the fluid needs to be removed.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology

In brief: Blood around heart

The pericardium is a thin sac covering the heart.
It is usually empty and just acts as a skin. It can fill with fluid-effusion- or blood. This is diagnosed with echocardiogram. If the sac fills too much, the heart cannot fill with blood and thus cannot pump effectively. This is called tamponade, which is very dangerous and must be drained. The treatmment depends on the size and cause.

In brief: Blood around heart

The pericardium is a thin sac covering the heart.
It is usually empty and just acts as a skin. It can fill with fluid-effusion- or blood. This is diagnosed with echocardiogram. If the sac fills too much, the heart cannot fill with blood and thus cannot pump effectively. This is called tamponade, which is very dangerous and must be drained. The treatmment depends on the size and cause.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, Surgery
13 years in practice
467K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors