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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Roukoz A. Karam, M.D.[2]

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Diagnostic Study of Choice

Study of choice

  • There is no single diagnostic study of choice for the diagnosis of pericardial effusion.
  • Pericardial effusion is primarily diagnosed based on the clinical evaluation along with electrocardiographic and chest radiograph findings, which may suggest the presence of a pericardial effusion.
  • Echocardiography must be performed in all patients with possible pericardial effusion.[1]
  • Echocardiography is an excellent method for detection and estimation of the size of pericardial effusions.
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Sequence of Diagnostic Studies

The various investigations must be performed in the following order:

References

  1. Adler Y, Charron P, Imazio M, Badano L, Barón-Esquivias G, Bogaert J; et al. (2015). "2015 ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of pericardial diseases: The Task Force for the Diagnosis and Management of Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)Endorsed by: The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS)". Eur Heart J. 36 (42): 2921–2964. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehv318. PMID 26320112.

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