Pericardial sleeve recess

Case contributed by Dr Luke Danaher


Chest pain

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Male


A focal density surrounds the right inferior pulmonary vein (RIPV)

"Sling-like" morphology

Attenuation value of 9 HU

It mimics an enlarged lymph node

Case Discussion

Pericardial recesses can mimic mediastinal lymph node enlargement.

This is common superiorly along the origins of the great vessels.

An understanding of the pericardial recess anatomy is important in distinguishing this normal variation from enlarged lymph nodes or soft tissue masses in the mediastinum.

Viewing these structures in 3 plane thin-section imaging as well as density measurements can help identify these normal structures.

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Case information

rID: 42493
Published: 23rd Jan 2016
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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