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Pericardial color Doppler flow in postpericardiotomy effusive constrictive pericarditis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8261480     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A laminar color Doppler flow was discovered in the pericardial space in a 35-year-old man with postpericardiotomy effusive constrictive pericarditis. The flow was detected by transesophageal color Doppler echocardiography. A further pulsed Doppler study revealed a to-and-fro flow, which was synchronized with the cardiac rhythm. We hypothesized that this flow was generated by the rhythmic cardiac contraction. It was then augmented by hard fibrous pericardium and became detectable by color Doppler echocardiography. Pericardial effusion is a frequent echocardiographic finding but little attention has been paid to the flow in it. The laminar flow in the pericardial space in our patient is related to his hard pericardium and can aid in making the diagnosis of effusive constrictive pericarditis. We suggest that flow in the pericardial space deserves more attention and may provide valuable diagnostic aid.
L P Lai; K G Shyu; C I Chang; Y L Ko; P Kuan; W P Lien
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cardiology     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0008-6312     ISO Abbreviation:  Cardiology     Publication Date:  1993  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-01-27     Completed Date:  1994-01-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1266406     Medline TA:  Cardiology     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  132-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, ROC.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography, Doppler*
Hemodynamics / physiology
Mitral Valve Stenosis / surgery*
Pericardial Effusion / surgery,  ultrasonography*
Pericarditis, Constrictive / surgery,  ultrasonography*
Pericardium / ultrasonography
Postpericardiotomy Syndrome / surgery,  ultrasonography*

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