Constrictive pericarditis. Definition

Medical Definition: constrictive pericarditis

Pericardial inflammatory process that causes fibrous thickening and retraction of the pericardium, a result of which there is a restriction on the ventricular diastolic filling. It usually occurs after one or more episodes of acute pericarditis, usually associated with pericardial effusion. Courses, specifically, with signs and symptoms of heart failure and systemic venous congestion and its treatment is pericardiectomy.

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