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glossary:constrictive_pericarditis [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||Chronic [[inflammation]] of the pericardial sac (pericarditis) can lead to scarring and fibrosis of the pericardium. Due to this process, the pericardium can interfere with the [[heart]]s ability to pump [[blood]] into the systemic circulation. Causes include [[tuberculosis]] infection, [[radiation therapy]], cardiac [[surgery]], viral [[infection]] or [[autoimmune disease]]. |