Constrictive Pericarditis Questions & Answers

Updated: Jan 01, 2020
  • Author: William M Edwards, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is constrictive pericarditis?

What is the pathophysiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What causes chronic constrictive pericarditis?

What are the forms of constrictive pericarditis?

What is idiopathic constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of infection in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of radiation in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of cardiac surgery in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of fungal pathogens in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of neoplasms in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of hemodialysis in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of autoimmune disorders in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of medications in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of trauma in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of myocardial infarction in the etiology of constrictive pericarditis?

What are rare causes of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the US prevalence of constrictive pericarditis?

Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the prognosis of constrictive pericarditis?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of constrictive pericarditis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of constrictive pericarditis?

Which cardiovascular findings are characteristic of constrictive pericarditis?

Which hepatic findings are characteristic of constrictive pericarditis?

DDX

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of constrictive pericarditis?

What are the differential diagnoses for Constrictive Pericarditis?

Workup

How is constrictive pericarditis diagnosed?

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of chest radiography in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of echocardiography in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of two-dimensional echocardiography in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of Doppler echocardiography in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of CT scanning in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of MRI in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of electrocardiography in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of cardiac catheterization in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of pericardial biopsy in the workup of constrictive pericarditis?

Treatment

How is constrictive pericarditis treated?

Which medications are used in the treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the role of pericardiectomy in the treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with constrictive pericarditis?

Guidelines

What are the ESC guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

Which medications in the drug class Diuretics, Loop are used in the treatment of Constrictive Pericarditis?

Which medications in the drug class Anti-Inflammatory Agents are used in the treatment of Constrictive Pericarditis?