Pericardial effusion: large

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Medical records not available.

Patient Data

Age: 71
Gender: Female

Chest X-Ray

Modality: X-ray

Chest x-ray performed in the bed shows significant enlargement of the cardiac silhouette.

Chest CT

Modality: CT

Large pericardial effusion is demonstrated on CT.

Case Discussion

pericardial effusion is characterised by build up of fluid in the pericardial space (a normal pericardiac sac contains approximately 30 - 50 mls of fluid). 

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Case Information

rID: 17798
Case created: 13th May 2012
Last edited: 28th May 2016
System: Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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