How is the pericardial fluid characterized in diagnosis of uremic pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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In uremic pericarditis, adhesions are present between the pericardial membranes, which are thickened, which frequently result in bloody effusions. In hypothyroidism, pericardial fluid is often straw colored with high protein and cholesterol levels and with few cells.


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