Pericardial effusion

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Etiology

  • Malignancy, eg, lung, breast, leukemia
  • Infection, eg, viral, bacterial, mycobacterial, Mycoplasma
  • Iatrogenic, eg, catheterization, pacemaker placement, postcardiotomy
  • Idiopathic
  • Uremia
  • Radiation-induced
  • Collagen vascular disease, eg, systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Anticoagulation
  • Aortic dissection
  • Myxedema (hypothyroidism)

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Last updated: December 1, 2014