Constrictive pericarditis

Case contributed by Abdallah Al Khateeb


Atypical chest pain, with signs of cardiac failure.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Male

Smooth diffuse thickening of the pericardium to about 1.1 cm, with associated left-sided pleural effusion. No calcification of the pericardium.

Smooth interlobular septal thickening and smooth fissural thickening, suggesting interstitial edema.

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates the CT changes of constrictive pericarditis, and in this patient, no etiology was elucidated. 

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