Pericardial effusion - large

Case contributed by 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 characterized by the buildup of fluid in the pericardial space (a normal pericardiac sac contains approximately 30 - 50 ml of fluid). 

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