Constrictive Pericarditis Presenting as Isolated Ascites

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  • Constrictive pericarditis is a rare cause of right-sided heart failure secondary to a stiff, non-compliant pericardium. Clinical presentation can vary considerably and requires a high suspicion for diagnosis. A 31-year-old male presented to the emergency department with complaints of abdominal distension. An abdominal ultrasound revealed large volume ascites; thus, it was initially suspected he had underlying cirrhosis. However, an echocardiogram revealed a diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis. It's important for clinicians to consider constrictive pericarditis in a patient presenting with unexplained right-sided heart failure.
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  • Hasnie AA; Miller NJ; Davies J; Von Mering G
  • Start Page

  • 259
  • End Page

  • 264
  • Volume

  • 17
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  • 1