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Why do I still have complications from Pericarditis?
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Why do I still have complications from Pericarditis?


     I would like to know why my previous questions in my previous post (Re: Pericarditis complications)was not answered sepcificly or directly?  Can any one from the cardiology department answer me please?  I would appreciate you help.
  Sincerely,
  Saeed
    
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Dear Saeed
Actually, the previous doctor gave you very thorough answers.
If you are worried about fibrosis of the pericardium, I think you are referring to constrictive pericarditis. The best test to evaluate for that condition is an echocardiogram. Sometimes a cardiac MRI or cardiac catheterization can add useful information. The diagnosis can be difficult to make. IF in fact you do have constrictive pericarditis, the treatment would be surgery - a pericardial stripping. It is unusual to have constrictive pericarditis without a prior history of heart surgery, irradiation, or tuberculosis.
I hope this is useful. Feel free to write back with further questions. Good luck.
Information provided here is of a general nature. Specific diagnoses and treatments can only be made by your doctor. If you would like to be seen at the Cleveland Clinic, please call 1-800-CCF-CARE for an appointment with a cardiologist at Desk F15.




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