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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 176-178

Imaging in constrictive pericarditis


Department of Cardiac Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Priya Jagia
Department of Cardiac Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2395-5414.166339

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Raised right ventricular end-diastolic pressure and diastolic pressure equalization are accurate in only up to 85% causes in differentiating constrictive pericarditis from restrictive cardiomyopathy. Therefore imaging in the form of either computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) is important for clinching the diagnosis. In cases of diagnostic dilemma, cardiac MR (CMR) is the investigation of choice with its ability to show both morphological (increased pericardial thickness) and functional changes (constriction, septal bounce). CT for constrictive pericardium may be done if CMR is not available or when there is any contraindication to doing CMR.


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