Malignant Pericardial Diseases

Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Jeffrey Kralstein
  • William Frishman


Pericardial aspects of malignant disease can encompass numerous clinical entities, which may include asymptomatic chronic pericardial effusions, constrictive pericarditis, effusive constrictive pericarditis, or pericardial tamponade. A high index of suspicion is necessary to recognize the various aspects of malignant pericardial disease, since their occurrence is more frequent than is commonly appreciated. It is the purpose of this chapter to review the incidence and etiology, mechanism, clinical presentation, and therapeutic modalities available to the oncologist in diagnosing and treating malignant disease.


Malignant Mesothelioma Cardiac Tamponade Catheter Drainage Mycosis Fungoides Constrictive Pericarditis 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Kralstein
    • 1
  • William Frishman
    • 2
  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Department of MedicineBronx Municipal Hospital CenterBronxUSA
  2. 2.Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Medical ServiceWeiler-Einstein College HospitalBronxUSA

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