Pericardial effusion - large

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Cardiology patient with breathlessness.

Patient Data

Age: 69
Gender: Male

Large pericardial effusion measuring 4cm in depth.

3.3cm aneurysm of the aortic arch.  Two smaller aortic diverticulae of the descending colon.

No dissection.  No intramural hematoma.

Small bilateral pleural effusions.

Case Discussion

A decent example of a large pericardial effusion.   The appearance is sometimes described as being like the tasty biscuit called 'oreo'.

There are many causes for a pericardial effusion.

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Case information

rID: 51387
Published: 16th Feb 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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