Pericardial space

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The pericardial space 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, which may (pericardial tamponade) or may not inhibit normal cardiac function.

Thoracic anatomy
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Article information

rID: 39219
Systems: Cardiac, Chest
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
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