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n. pl. per·i·car·di·a (-dē-ə)
The membranous sac filled with serous fluid that encloses the heart and the roots of the aorta and other large blood vessels.

[New Latin, from Greek perikardion, from perikardios, around the heart : peri-, peri- + kardiā, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

per′i·car′di·al (-dē-əl), per′i·car′di·ac′ (-dē-ăk′) adj.
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Adj.1.pericardial - located around the heart or relating to or affecting the pericardium; "pericardial space"


a. pericardíaco, rel. al pericardio;
___ effusionderrame pericardiaco;
___ friction soundroce pericardiaco;
___ puncturepunción pericardiaca.


adj pericárdico
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Tuberculosis is generally thought to spare the heart, thyroid, pancreas and skeletal muscle; cardiovascular manifestations are largely restricted to chronic pericardial inflammation.
27) We hypothesize that pericardial inflammation due to pneumonia might have increased the propensity for hemopericardium in the setting of significant supratherapeutic anticoagulation.
The cause of the increased cholesterol content of the pericardial fluid in these patients is not clear, but several theories have been presented: 1) that necrosis of superficial cells of the pericardia liberates intracellular cholesterol, 2) that lysis of erythrocytes following hemopericardium yields the cholesterol, and 3) that pericardial inflammation decreases lymphatic drainage of pericardia, causing decreased reabsorption of cholesterol, with ultimate precipitation and crystallization (77).