Constrictive pericarditis diagnostic study of choice
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The diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis is based on the clinical findings (symptoms and signs) of right heart failure, and diastolic filling impairment due to pericardial constriction. The diagnostic imaging methods include echocardiography, CT, CMR, cardiac catheterization.
Diagnostic Study of Choice
The diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis is based on the following:
- Clinical findings (symptoms and signs) of right heart failure, and diastolic filling impairment due to pericardial constriction
- The diagnostic imaging methods are:
- Cardiac catheterization
2015 ESC Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Patients With Constrictive Pericarditis (DO NOT EDIT) 
Recommendations for the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis
|"1. Transthoracic echocardiography is recommended in all patients with suspected constrictive pericarditis. (Level of Evidence: C)"|
|"2. Chest X-ray (frontal and lateral views) with adequate technical characteristics is recommended in all patients with suspected constrictive pericarditis. (Level of Evidence: C)"|
|"3. CT and/or CMR are indicated as second-level imaging techniques to assess calcifications (CT), pericardial thickness, degree and extension of pericardial involvement. (Level of Evidence: C)"|
|"4. Cardiac catheterization is indicated when non-invasive diagnostic methods do not provide a definite diagnosis of constriction. (Level of Evidence: C)"|
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) 
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