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Thursday, November 19, 2009 pamm, Community Member, asks

Q: what is pericardium thickening why does it occur,

 my husband is 49, he recently had some numbness in his back and the right side of his chest. He also has an air bubble(?) in his abdomen. his doc is an DO. should we get a cardiologist?

 

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
11/20/09 1:20pm

Hi Pamm,

 

The pericardium is the sac-like covering of the heart.  I recommend discussing a referral to a cardiologist with his current physician.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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pamm, Community Member
11/20/09 2:38pm

Why does this happen? Is there an immediate risk?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
11/20/09 4:32pm

Hi Pamm,

 

One possible cause of the pericardium thickening is infection (pericarditis).  You can read more about it here to see if that applies to the situation - http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/guide-154639-75.html

 

As far as the risk of having an enlarged pericardium - I'm not able to answer that question.  Maybe someone else will chime in or consider contacting his physician.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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