Pericardial effusion - large

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Medical records not available.

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Female

Chest X-Ray

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


Chest CT

Large pericardial effusion is demonstrated on CT.

Case Discussion

A pericardial effusion is characterised by the buildup of fluid in the pericardial space (a normal pericardiac sac contains approximately 30 - 50 ml of fluid). 

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Case information

rID: 17798
Published: 13th May 2012
Last edited: 30th Apr 2018
Systems: Cardiac, Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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