What is cholesterol pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Cholesterol pericarditis, also called gold-paint pericarditis, is a complication of a chronic pericardial effusion exacerbated by cholesterol crystals. It usually presents with large effusions that are not hemodynamically important, and development of constriction is rare. Granulomatous pericarditis has been implicated in some cases.


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