Which pericardial effusions may not require evaluation for acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Small asymptomatic pericardial effusions in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) may not require diagnostic evaluation. [29] Large symptomatic pericardial effusions should be investigated, because two thirds of such effusions are potentially infections or neoplasms. Tuberculous pericarditis can also occur. [15]


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