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Related to pericardial effusion: pericarditis
1. escape of a fluid into a part; exudation or transudation.
2. an exudate or transudate.
chyliform effusion see chylothorax.
chylous effusion see chylothorax.
pericardial effusion the accumulation of an abnormally large amount of pericardial fluid in the pericardium.
pleural effusion see pleural effusion.
pseudochylous effusion see chylothorax.
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increased fluid within the pericardial sac; can cause circulatory compromise by compression of the heart; most often caused by inflammation, infection, malignancy, and uremia.
Synonym(s): dropsy of pericardium
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pericardial effusionMedtalk An abnormal collection of fluid in the pericardium
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per·i·car·di·al ef·fu·sion(per'i-kahr'dē-ăl ĕ-fyū'zhŭn)
Increased amounts of fluid within the pericardial sac, usually due to inflammation.
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