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Can pericardial rub be heard on a heart echo?
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Pericardial friction rubs are notoriously ephemeral; one physician will hear it and it's gone by the time the next physician listens.
This is to be expected since there must be exactly the right amount of fluid for the two layers to rub each other and make a sound. Echo answers a deeper question -- is there inflammatory fluid in the pericardial sack?

In brief: Yes
Pericardial friction rubs are notoriously ephemeral; one physician will hear it and it's gone by the time the next physician listens.
This is to be expected since there must be exactly the right amount of fluid for the two layers to rub each other and make a sound. Echo answers a deeper question -- is there inflammatory fluid in the pericardial sack?
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Howard Rubin
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Pericardial rub
That is heard with a stethoscope.

In brief: Pericardial rub
That is heard with a stethoscope.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Dr. Howard Rubin
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Of course. I should have mentioned that. Thanks, Dr. Rubin.
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