Pericardial Diseases

  • Fidencio Saldana
  • Leonard S. LillyEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


Pericardial disease may present as an isolated condition or as a manifestation of systemic illness. Recognition of the clinical signs and symptoms of pericardial disorders in the primary care setting is critical for appropriate, and potentially lifesaving, triage and management. This chapter considers acute pericarditis and its potential complications relevant to the primary care provider: recurrent pericarditis, pericardial effusion, and constrictive pericarditis.


Dressler syndrome Pericarditis Pericardial effusion Cardiac tamponade Friction rub 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiovascular Division, Department of MedicineBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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