Calcific constrictive pericarditis

Case contributed by Dr Julian L. Wichmann

Presentation

30 yo male with shortness of breath and hypotension. History of terminal renal failure.

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

Extensive calcifications of the pericardium can be demarcated on x-ray and CT.

Modality: CT

Extensive calcifications of the pericardium can be demarcated on x-ray and CT.

Case Discussion

Pericardial calcifications are common in patients with constrictive pericarditis. While its etiology is mostly idiopathic, it is linked to postsurgical and postradiation changes. Prior radiation and abnormal left ventricular function are predictors of poor overall survival. The pericardial calcifications per se have no impact on patient's survival.2

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Case Information

rID: 24701
Case created: 5th Sep 2013
Last edited: 25th Jun 2016
System: Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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