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Pocket Guidelines on Pericardial Disease

ESC Pocket Guidelines

Invasive Imaging and Functional Assessment
Pericardial Disease
Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy

Publication Date: 2015

Chairperson: Yehuda Adler and Philippe Charron

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and overview of aetiologies in pericardial syndromes.

2. Pericardial syndromes

2.1 Acute pericarditis...

2.2 Recurrent pericarditis..

2.3 Pericarditis with myocardial involvement (Myopericarditis)

2.4 Pericardial effusion

2.5 Cardiac tamponade..

2.6 Constrictive pericarditis

3. Multimodality imaging and diagnostic work-up

3.1 Multimodality imaging

3.2 General diagnostic work-up

4. Specific pericardial syndromes

4.1 Viral pericarditis

4.2 Bacterial pericarditis.

4.2.1 Tuberculous pericarditis

4.2.2. Purulent pericarditis.

4.3 Pericarditis in renal failure

4.4. Pericardial involvement in systemic autoimmune & autoinflammatory diseases.

4.5 Post-cardiac injury syndromes.

4.6 Traumatic pericardial effusion and haemopericardium.

4.7 Pericardial involvement in neoplastic disease

4.8 Other forms of pericardial disease

4.8.1 Radiation pericarditis

4.8.2 Chylopericardium.

4.8.3 Drug-related pericarditis and pericardial effusion.

4.8.4 Pericardial effusion in metabolic and endocrine disorders

4.8.5 Pericardial involvement in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)

4.8.6 Pericardial cysts.

5. Age and gender issues in pericardial diseases

5.1 Paediatric setting

5.2 Pregnancy, lactation and reproductive issues

5.3 The elderly

6. Interventional pericardiology and surgery

6.1 Pericardiocentesis and pericardial drainage

6.2 Surgery for pericardial diseases


Abridged version on Pericardial Diseases