Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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The Surgical Management of Pericardial Disease

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      Pericardiectomy is performed for a wide variety of pericardial diseases including relapsing pericarditis, effusive-constrictive pericarditis, and chronic constriction. In each of these conditions, we prefer complete pericardiectomy with removal of the anterior and diaphragmatic pericardium. Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) and radiation-induced disease present special challenges. Surgical outcomes depend on the underlying pathology, degree of preoperative disability, and associated cardiac and systemic diseases.
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