Pericardial Effusion: Causes & Treatment


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Is it normal for the pericardial cavity to contain a small amount of fluid? Why or why not?

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1. On Nancy's last visit with her cardiologist, it was recommended that she undergo a pericardiocentesis. Which of the following statements BEST explains why the cardiologist recommended this procedure?

2. Which of the following BEST describes the change in heart function during pericardial effusion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Can you identify the signs of pericardial effusion? You'll need to in order to pass this quiz. The multiple-choice questions will also test you on concepts like the anatomy of the pericardium and the treatment of pericardial effusion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See what you know about the topics listed below:

  • Outermost layer of the pericardium
  • A treatment procedure for pericardial effusion
  • What happens during cardiac tamponade
  • Signs of pericardial effusion or cardiac tamponade
  • Beck's triad of cardiac tamponade

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the layers of the pericardium and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify the parts of Beck's triad
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you know the meaning of important terms, such as pericardium, effusion and tamponade

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Pericardial Effusion: Causes & Treatment will help you learn more about this condition. You'll study the following:

  • Fibrous pericardium and serous pericardium
  • What happens during pericardial effusion
  • What Electrical Alternans is
  • Impact of pericardial effusion occurring over a long period of time