Pericardial space

The pericardial space or cavity is the fluid-filled space in between the parietal and visceral layers of the serous pericardium. In normal conditions it contains only a small amount of serous pericardial fluid, usually 15-20 mL.

Related pathology

A pericardial effusion is the pathological accumulation of fluid. When this results in impairment of cardiac function, it is called pericardial tamponade.

Thoracic anatomy
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Article information

rID: 39219
Systems: Chest, Cardiac
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • pericardial cavity

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