pericardia


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Related to pericardia: pericarditis, Pericardial effusion

per·i·car·di·a

(per'i-kar'dē-ă),
Plural of pericardium.

pericardia

per·i·car·di·a

(per'i-kahr'dē-ă)
Plural of pericardium.
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Fibrous thickening of the pericardia combined with pericardial effusion (usually serous) has been the most frequent consequence of this irradiation.
Although fibrinous pericarditis is the most common type of pericardial involvement in patients with chronic renal disease, fibrous thickening of the pericardia with or without associated fibrous adhesions or pericardial effusion also may occur in patients not treated with dialysis (Figure 10).
In a report of 137 patients undergoing pericardiectomy because of "constrictive pericarditis," no cause was found on histologic study of the excised pericardia in 106 (77%) (58).
Furthermore, only about 10% of patients with cardiac involvement have clinical evidence of cardiac disease, and in 90% of those the clinical dysfunction is the result of pericardial involvement, usually constriction by either pericardial effusion or neoplastic thickening of pericardia or both.
As with the tumors that spread by direct extension, melanoma, leukemia, and lymphoma invade the pericardia in 85% of the patients with cardiac metastases, and spread of these neoplasms appears to be by the hematogenous routes.