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Richard N. Fogoros, M.D.

Pericardial Effusions

By November 8, 2012

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The pericardium is a protective pouch surrounding and protecting the heart. Normally, the space between the heart and the pericardial sac contains a tiny amount of lubricating fluid. With several disease conditions, the volume of pericardial fluid can increase significantly - to the extent that the excess fluid begins to produce problems.  An abnormal accumulation of fluid in the pericardial space is called a pericardial effusion.

Read about pericardial effusions - what causes them, how they are diagnosed, and how they are treated.

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