Constrictive pericarditis

Case contributed by Ayaz Hidayatov
Diagnosis certain


A female presented with dyspnea and severe breathlessness. CT performs to exclude pulmonary thromboembolism.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female

CT reveals severe pericardial calcifications. There are bilateral pleural effusions and bilateral lower lobe compressive atelectasis. There is also retrograde contrast flow from the right atrium to the IVC and hepatic veins. 

Case Discussion

This case illustrates the typical findings of the constrictive pericarditis and findings due to heart failure.

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