If echocardiography is unavailable, what alternative test can be used to diagnose acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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If echocardiography is unavailable, placement of a central venous pressure (CVP) line may reveal increased right-sided pressures. CVP measurements more than 12-14 mm Hg are usually found in cardiac tamponade.


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