Restrictive Pericarditis

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  • Pericardial thickening is an uncommon complication of cardiac surgery. Usually, the diagnosis is made on the basis of cardiac catheterisation, as, in pericardial constriction, this will show equal or near equal diastolic pressures in both ventricles, without significant pulmonary hypertension.

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    Pericardial thickening is an uncommon complication of cardiac surgery. Usually, the diagnosis is made on the basis of cardiac catheterisation, as, in pericardial constriction, this will show equal or near equal diastolic pressures in both ventricles, without significant pulmonary hypertension.

    A recent analysis has shown that unless three criteria are all satisfied—that is, a difference of <5 mm Hg between directly measured end diastolic pressures in the two ventricles, a peak right ventricular pressure of less than 50 mm Hg, and a ratio of right ventricular end diastolic to peak pressure of more than 0.33, haemodynamic assessment is not discriminating.

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