Pericardial effusion X-rays and Information
Here is a nice example, of a chest x-ray that was taken for a sore shoulder; and they noticed the enlarged cardiac silouette.
There was a history of Pericardial effusion trauma…
Because of this, they ordered a CT scan; which shows the large pericardial effusion.
Why am I showing this? Because when a doctor sees a chest X-ray showing an enlarged heart, there are several possibilities. The most common is that the cardiac chambers are dilated; which is an indication that congestive heart failure is likely to be occurring. This condition is not that common. But can cause an enlarged appearance too.
Then there are a bunch of weird things; like focal aneurysmal dilation of parts of the myocardium, often the result of myocardial infarcts. Occasionally, fat become much too thick in the pericardium; so that’s a very rare thing in the differential diagnosis.
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