Panzerherz (heart)

Last revised by Dr Rohit Sharma on 28 Dec 2017

Panzerherz (or armoured heart) is a term used to describe the appearance of the heart in calcified constrictive pericarditis.

The pericardium becomes circumferentially thickened with calcification, limiting the ability of the heart to contract. The rim of dense calcification describes how the heart is "armoured", in the manner a military vehicle is.

The calcification is a generic response to a number of potential insults causing constrictive pericarditis including:

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