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Magn Reson Imaging. 1998 Apr;16(3):347-50.

A case of effusive-constructive pericarditis: an efficacy of GD-DTPA enhanced magnetic resonance imaging to detect a pericardial thickening.

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  • 1The Second Department of Internal Medicine, Ehime University School of Medicine, Japan.


A 38-year-old man underwent pericardiectomy because of effusive-constrictive pericarditis. The gadolinium-diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA) enhanced magnetic resonance imaging showed pericardial thickening separate from the effusion, which could not be shown by unenhanced computed tomography. Gd-DTPA enhanced magnetic resonance imaging could be useful for the early detection of effusive-constrictive pericarditis.

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