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Pericardial effusion?

Hi, I had a Ct scan of the chest with oral and IV contrast. The results were that I had pericardial effusion. The symptoms that I have been having that are probably related to this issue are: Chest pain behind the breast bone, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, dizziness/lightheaded-ness, random low-grade fevers, occasional dry cough, and the chest pain seems to improve when I lean forward and worsen when I lie flat.
I am only 18, but these symptoms are affecting my life pretty badly and I have tried medications (Aspirin and such) to help the problem. It has not went away or improved, so is there another option for treatment of this condition?
I am only 18, but

Treatment for pericardial effusion will depend first on, what exactly is causing the effusion, how much fluid has accumulated in the lungs (one reason why you have the dry cough and shortness of breath), and whether it has caused (or is likely to cause) impaired heart function due to the pressure on the heart.

If there is no evidence of tamponade, (impaired heart function) your doctor may have you try an anti-inflammatory such as Indocin, Motrin, or Advil. If that doesn't help, he may suggest/prescribe a corticosteroid such as prednisone.

Once you see your doctor to review the results of your CT scan I'm sure all these questions will be answered for you appropriately. Specific treatment depends on so many variables it's best to wait and do as your doctor suggests. I hope you'll be feeling better soon.  (+ info)

Can pericardial effusion lead to myocardial infarction or any other serious consequence?

I am seeking to find out if pericardial effusion resulting from a viral infection can lead to myocardial infarction and/or any other serious consequence?

if left untreated it can lead to cardiac tamponade, which is compression of the heart due to a large increase of fluid in the pericardium. this condition is life-threatening as it prevents the heart from pumping effectively.  (+ info)

How bad is Pericardial Effusion (fluid around the heart)?

A friend of mine has Pericardial Effusion (fluid around the heart). I was just wondering how bad it is. Is it fatal or is it something that can be cured? And if it can be cured, how easily?

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Does A Stress Echocardiogram show Pericardial Effusion?

Can a pericardial effusion show up on a stress echocardiogram, or does a full stand alone echocardiogram need to be done in order to detect a pericardial effusion. Would a doctor even be able to see a pericardial effusion on a stress echo, since this is used basically to check for cardiac ischemia? Thank you!

yes, both will detect it.  (+ info)

I had an echo that came back and it said I have a small hemodynamically and significant pericardial effusion.?

It also said that Clinical correlation is advised. I have had respitory infections with chest pain. I am only 42, should I be concerned about this?

You need to follow up with your Dr so he can discuss the results of the echo with you.....he has knowledge of your medical history and such, a lay person cannot answer such a question, nor could a professional without all of your medical history. Maybe more tests will be required to find out the source of the pericardial effusion.  (+ info)

What is Pericardial effusion? Could it be deadly?

My sisters close friend was recently sent to ICU because he apparently had something called Pericardial effusion. And I just wanted to know, what's the worst that can happen with it? Could he die?

The pericardium is a sac of tissue that covers the heart. When fluid builds up in this sac, it puts pressure on the heart and makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood properly. This is called a pericardial effusion.

Pericardial effusions can be quite serious depending upon how severe they are (how much fluid there is) and the underlying cause (why did it occur?). Pericardial effusions have many causes, including infection, surgery, injury, or other diseases.

Left untreated, pericardial effusions can cause heart failure and death. However, your sister's friend is being treated, so her chances of recovery are good. Her long term prognosis, however, will depend a great deal on why it occurred in the first place.  (+ info)

How are pericardial effusion and ovarian cysts related?Can anyone please help me on this topic?

Pericardial effusion ("fluid around the heart") is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the pericardial cavity. Because of the limited amount of space in the pericardial cavity, fluid accumulation will lead to an increased intrapericardial pressure and this can negatively affect heart function. Pericardial effusion usually results from a disturbed equilibrium between the production and re-absorption of pericardial fluid, or from a structural abnormality that allows fluid to enter the pericardial cavity.

An ovarian cyst is any collection of fluid, surrounded by a very thin wall, within an ovary. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than about two centimeters is termed an ovarian cyst. An ovarian cyst can be as small as a pea, or larger than a cantaloupe.Most ovarian cysts are functional in nature, and harmless (benign). In the US, ovarian cysts are found in nearly all premenopausal women, and in up to 14.8% of postmenopausal women. The incidence of ovarian carcinoma is approximately 15 cases per 100,000 women per year. Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages. They occur most often, however, during a woman's childbearing years.

They both are pretty much fluid built up.

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what are the treatment plans for a person with Pericardial effusion?

it depends really. Depends on the severity of the effusion, the health of the person, and if there are immediate complications of it. This isn't the place to diagnose or determine appropriate treatment, only the doctor treating you cna do that.

Sometimes, very minor effusions can resolve themselves. Very acute and severe pericardial effusions can compress the heart in a process called cardiac tamponade, which is life threatening and must be drained immediately through a needle. It really depends on a lot of things...  (+ info)

My mother (54) had chest pain while deep breath and was diagnosed pericardial effusion and high ESR in blood?

My mother (54) had chest pain while deep breath and was diagnosed pericardial effusion and high ESR in blood. Want to know what is the effect of high ESR rate. Is it serious or curable? She has no BP and pulse is normal. Expecting reply..

The ESR is just a sign of inflammation.

High ESR rates can be caused by:

Kidney diseases

One thing that CAN effect the ESR rate is pericarditis which occurs after a heart attack. If she has pericardial effusion, that may well be a possibility.  (+ info)

What is pericardial effusion? and what does 2mm of calcific density posteriorly?

Fluid build up around your heart. 2mm calcified density could mean a blockage in the artery in the back or under side of your heart.  (+ info)

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