Sunday, October 11, 2015

Q: How severity of pericardial effusion can be roughly quantified on the basis of Echocardiography?


  • Small effusions - up to 100 ml - echo-free space  less than 10 mm in thickness at its greatest width
  • Moderate effusions - up to 500 ml - echo-free space up to 20 mm at its greatest width. 
  • Large effusions - more than 500 m -  the echo-free space is greater than 20 mm at its greatest width. 
All echo data should be read in close conjunction with clinical exams and hemodynamic data.

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