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Imaging-guided Treatment of Pericarditis

Allan Klein, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research, Director of the Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases, staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, and Chairman of the writing committee of the American Society of Echocardiography Clinical Recommendations for Multimodality Cardiovascular Imaging of Patients with Pericardial Disease answers the following questions during this video chat.

  • Can you talk about the new multimodality guidelines for imaging in the management of pericardial disease?
  • How often do you use imaging during the course of treatment?
  • Do you ever combine imaging techniques? When is this appropriate?
  • What do you find is the best imaging test to use for pericardial disease?
  • What is the role of inflammatory markers, such as CRP or Sed Rate?
  • How does your imaging technique change in a patient when there is inflammation?
  • What are the differences in findings you would see with constrictive pericarditis?
  • How do differentiate constriction from restriction?
  • What are the findings in pericardial effusions?
  • What do you do for treatment in patients with chronic pericardial effusions
  • What are the implications of a calcified pericardium?
  • How do you treat recurrent pericarditis when there is many relapses
  • What is time frame for follow up exams for acute pericarditis and/or constrictive pericarditis?
  • How successful is pericardiectomy and what are the results?
  • What is the function of the pericardium? Can you live without it?
  • Testing for pericardial conditions such as pericardial cyst; pericardial masses and other more unusual pericardial conditions
  • Tell me about your pericardial center? Is that unique?
  • What are the biggest pearls in management of pericarditis and the new guidelines?

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