Panzerherz (heart)

Dr Rohit Sharma and Dr Ian Bickle et al.

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:

Inspired signs

Article information

rID: 30044
System: Cardiac
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Porcelin heart
  • Armoured heart
  • Armored heart
  • Armour-plated heart
  • Armor-plated heart

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