Chapter

Pericardial disease

Bernard Cosyns and Bernard Paelinck

in The EAE Textbook of Echocardiography

Published on behalf of © European Society of Cardiology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599639
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199602209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199599639.003.0021
Pericardial disease

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The ability of ultrasound to elucidate the functional and structural abnormalities of pericardial disease is powerful. Due to multimodality imaging possibilities and to its portability, echocardiography is the technique of choice for the diagnosis of pericardial disease. Although other non-invasive technologies have been developed to provide information about the pericardium, echocardiography remains the first and often only diagnostic method needed to make a definitive diagnosis and guide appropriate treatment in patients with pericardial effusion, cardiac tamponade, or constrictive pericarditis. It allows differential diagnosis with restrictive cardiomyopathy and can easily be performed for guiding pericardiocentesis.

Chapter.  4232 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Radiology

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