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Pericardial and Pleural Effusions
Pericarditis & pericardial effusion can result from one or more of these:
- a viral, bacterial or fungal infection
- heart attack
- cancer spreading from a nearby tumor in the lung, breast or the blood
- radiation treatment
- injury or surgery
Sometimes it accompanies other diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus and kidney failure. In addition, there may be a Pleural Effusion as well.
In your case, I'd consider a viral illness related to your chronic sinus inflammation/infections. Your recovery depends on what treatment is needed. Infections and inflammations such as caused by RA take much longer to heal and can be more difficult to diagnose, because the effusion is usually only one of several manifestations of the primary disease.
Hope this helps,
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My father was recently hospitalized with a pericardial effusion and atrial fib/flutter with a rate of 160. Rate was decreased over 24 hours to 110-115 on amiodarone and diltiazem. His cardiologist wanted to perform a chemical stress test. (He had a negative cardiac cath 2 years prior). My father felt that he was unable to tolerate the test, so he...