Diseases of the Pericardium

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Chapter 434 Diseases of the Pericardium

The heart is enveloped in a bilayer membrane, the pericardium, which normally contains a small amount of serous fluid. The pericardium is not vital to normal function of the heart, and primary diseases of the pericardium are uncommon. However, the pericardium may be affected by a variety of conditions (Table 434-1), often as a manifestation of a systemic illness and can result in serious, even life-threatening, cardiac compromise.

434.1 Acute Pericarditis

Robert Spicer and Stephanie Ware

Diagnosis

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