Constrictive pericardial disease


Doctor's Information

Name : Morteza
Family : Sanei Taheri
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Resident : Samira Shahhamzei


Patient's Information

Gender : Male
Age : 36


Case Section



Clinical Summary

36 y/o male with Dyspenea ,generalized edema and abdominal pain




Imaging Procedures and Findings

Enhanced CT demonstrates Bilateral pleural effusion , pericardial calcification and dilated IVC and SVC with contrast layering in them . Note the enlarged both atrium and caudate lobe with flattening of both cardiac ventricles



The most common causes of constrictive pericarditis is postpericardiotomy. Clinical findings include ankle edema , ascites, neck vein distention , pulsus paradoxus , pericardial diastolic knock. CT demonstrates pericardial thickening (>3mm) , calcification of pericardium , contrast reflux in coronary sinus and IVC , bowed inter ventricular septum , flattening of RV , enlarged RA , ascites and pleural effusion . the most differential diagnosis is restrictive cardiomyopathy , that dosen??t have thick pericardium.


Final Diagnosis

Constrictive pericardial disease



Brant WE, Helms CA. Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology, 3rd edition. P648-649


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