Pericardial Effusion

Images by Genevieve Carbonatto  Large circumferential pericardial effusion, best seen on moving clips

Parasternal long axis of the left ventricle demonstrating a moderate circumferential pericardial effusion.  No echo evidence of cardiac tamponade on this view.  RV contracts in systole and relaxes in diastole, no collapse evident.

Apical 4-chamber demonstrating circumferential pericardial effusion.  No definite echo signs of cardiac tamponade.

Subcostal 4-chamber view.  Pericardial effusion more fluid seen posteriorly.  No definite echo evidence of cardiac tamponade.  The RV wall appears to move outward in diastole.  In systole the wall moves out of the scan plane.


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