Pericardial effusion

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Chronic cough

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female

Enlarged cardiac silhouette, which has a globular appearance. Small bilateral pleural effusions. 


One month prior

Comparison with x-ray from one month prior shows a normal cardiomediastinal contour. 

Case Discussion

Comparing with prior films to assess the rate of change in cardiac silhouette size is the key to making the diagnosis of pericardial effusion. However certain causes of cardiac enlargement could mimic this appearance and speed of onset.

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Case information

rID: 36614
Published: 3rd May 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest, Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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