Pericardial Effusion and Cardiac Tamponade: Definition

by Carlo Raj, MD

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    00:00 Students always asking me, Dr. Raj, you go through all this clinical investigations.

    00:05 You talk about all these clinical maneuvers, and you talk about this laboratory test. But you put them in doing the lecture, and we are not quite sure how to follow you. Well, what I have done and what have you now been exposed to is that whenever we have a concept, for example, valvular heart diseases, well, there was a lecture series in which we specifically walk through all the maneuvers there were necessary for you to diagnose your particular valvular heart disease.

    00:32 Now, when we talk about pericardium, and thus for, we’ve talked about how, if the pericardial cavity gets filled up rather quickly or slowly.

    00:42 Well, what kind of laboratory exams are you looking for here? Welcome to our topic of diseases of the pericardium and laboratory investigations.

    00:51 Well, the difference once again between cardiac tamponade versus pericardial effusion: Tamponade means accumulation of fluid in the pericardial cavity, no doubt.

    01:02 But, it stayed rapidity of the fluid accumulating within the pericardial cavity that makes the difference.

    01:09 To timeline, for us will be a big deal, for us to distinguish between the two important conditions.

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    The lecture Pericardial Effusion and Cardiac Tamponade: Definition by Carlo Raj, MD is from the course Pericardial Disease: Basic Principles with Carlo Raj.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. ...the compression of the heart by fluid in the pericardial space.
    2. ...the slow accumulation of fluids in the pericardial space.
    3. ...the accumulation of air in the pleural space under pressure.
    4. ...a bruise of the cardiac muscle after blunt chest trauma.
    5. ...obstruction to the systolic ejection of blood.

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     Carlo Raj, MD

    Carlo Raj, MD

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    Thanks Dr Raj and keep on making the connections to understand the way of thinking in big frames
    By Mohammed S. on 08. September 2017 for Pericardial Effusion and Cardiac Tamponade: Definition

    Actually at the beginning,it was very hard for me to follow Dr. Raj and it was very distracting, but now I find pathology lectures as the highest yield ones.I should stay alert during the lecture otherwise I'd listen to it again and again to digest the amazing connections among various pathologies.