Cardiothoracic Imaging
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Pericardial effusion, Case 1

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Lateral radiograph
Computed tomography
Follow-up radiograph

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Echo short axis view


Radiography of patients with pericardial effusion will show apparent cardiomegaly when the effusion is large enough. Since the pericardial fluid is roughly the same radiographic density as blood in myocardium, it may be impossible to confirm whether the cardiomegaly is due to enlargement of the ventricular chambers or whether the fluid is located in the pericardial space.


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