Constrictive Pericarditis: A Commonly Missed Cause of Treatable Diastolic Heart Failure
Constrictive pericarditis arises as a result of the fibrous thickening of the pericardium due to chronic inflammatory changes from various injuries. Increased pulmonary and systemic venous pressures manifest clinical features of left and right heart failure. Idiopathic or post-viral pericarditis is the most common cause followed by postpericardiotomy, radiation-induced causes. Right-sided heart failure symptoms predominate over left-sided heart failure symptoms due to the equalization of pressures. No single diagnostic test can provide a definitive diagnosis or evidence of constrictive pericarditis. Medical management is difficult for constrictive pericarditis. The treatment of choice for constrictive pericarditis is pericardiectomy.
Bhattad, Pradnya B. and Jain, Vinay, "Constrictive Pericarditis: A Commonly Missed Cause of Treatable Diastolic Heart Failure" (2020). ETSU Faculty Works. 239.