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Absence of the Pericardium
Brett W. Carter, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Definitions

              • Congenital absence of pericardium; may be partial or complete

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • CT Findings

                  • MR Findings

                    • Echocardiographic Findings

                      • Imaging Recommendations

                        DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                          PATHOLOGY

                          • General Features

                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                            • Presentation

                              • Demographics

                                • Natural History & Prognosis

                                  • Treatment

                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                    • Consider

                                      Selected References

                                      1. Psychidis-Papakyritsis P et al: Functional MRI of congenital absence of the pericardium. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 189(6):W312-4, 2007
                                      2. Abbas AE et al: Congenital absence of the pericardium: case presentation and review of literature. Int J Cardiol. 98(1):21-5, 2005
                                      3. Yamano T et al: Magnetic resonance imaging differentiated partial from complete absence of the left pericardium in a case of leftward displacement of the heart. Circ J. 68(4):385-8, 2004
                                      4. Connolly HM et al: Congenital absence of the pericardium: echocardiography as a diagnostic tool. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 8(1):87-92, 1995
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                                      KEY FACTS

                                      • Terminology

                                        • Imaging

                                          • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                            • Pathology

                                              • Clinical Issues

                                                TERMINOLOGY

                                                • Definitions

                                                  • Congenital absence of pericardium; may be partial or complete

                                                IMAGING

                                                • General Features

                                                  • Radiographic Findings

                                                    • CT Findings

                                                      • MR Findings

                                                        • Echocardiographic Findings

                                                          • Imaging Recommendations

                                                            DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                              PATHOLOGY

                                                              • General Features

                                                                CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                • Presentation

                                                                  • Demographics

                                                                    • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                      • Treatment

                                                                        DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                        • Consider

                                                                          Selected References

                                                                          1. Psychidis-Papakyritsis P et al: Functional MRI of congenital absence of the pericardium. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 189(6):W312-4, 2007
                                                                          2. Abbas AE et al: Congenital absence of the pericardium: case presentation and review of literature. Int J Cardiol. 98(1):21-5, 2005
                                                                          3. Yamano T et al: Magnetic resonance imaging differentiated partial from complete absence of the left pericardium in a case of leftward displacement of the heart. Circ J. 68(4):385-8, 2004
                                                                          4. Connolly HM et al: Congenital absence of the pericardium: echocardiography as a diagnostic tool. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 8(1):87-92, 1995