Constrictive pericarditis

Case contributed by Dr Riyad Waheed Alesawi


Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male

Prominent main pulmonary artery (32 mm diameter) and bilateral pleural effusion with significant reflux of contrast into the IVC - signs reflecting pulmonary hypertension 

Presence of significant pericardial calcification along the anterior and posteroinferior surface of the pericardium

Case Discussion

CT features are suggestive of constrictive pericarditis. In this case, the patient was not complaining of chest pain, the presentation was for shortness of breath which is the result of bilateral pleural effusions as a complication of pulmonary hypertension 

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Case information

rID: 71100
Published: 3rd Oct 2019
Last edited: 26th Oct 2020
System: Chest, Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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