Korean Circ J.  1991 Aug;21(4):791-796. 10.4070/kcj.1991.21.4.791.

A Case of Constrictive Pericarditis with Localized Pericardial Effusion Simulating a Cystic Mass


Chronic constrictive pericarditis is an uncommon disease, but an importanat one because of its potential curability. It usually begins with an initial episode of acute pericarditis often with a pericardial effusion which may not be detected clinically. This then progresses to resorption of the effusion followed by obliteration of pericardial abity with formation of fibrotic tissue, which results in symmetrical scarring that produce uniform restriction. In general, there are no specific problems due to remained pericardial effusion in the clinically manifestated case of constrictive pericarditis. We report a case of chronic constrictive pericarditis with localized pericardial effusion, which caused to hemodynamic compromise due to local compression of the right ventricle.


Constrictive pericarditis; Localized pericardial effusion
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