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Pericardial effusion

Chapter 21
Presenter: Prof. Thomas Binder, MD, FESC
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What you will learn

- The definition of pericardial effusion; - The echo views which allow you to detect pericardial effusion: 1. Subcostal view, 2. Parasternal view, 3. Apical view; - Tips and tricks on how to detect even a small pericardial effusion; - Different types of pericardial effusion: localized and circumferential; - Differential diagnosis: epicardial fat & ascites; - Different causes of pericardial effusion; - The definition of pleural effusion.

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