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Constrictive pericarditis is a disorder caused by inflammation of the pericardium (the sac-like covering of the heart) with subsequent thickening, scarring, and contracture of the pericardium.

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Causes of Constrictive pericarditis

The most common causes of constrictive pericarditis are conditions that induce chronic inflammation of the pericardium: tuberculosis, radiation therapy to the chest, and cardiac surgery.

Symptoms of chronic constrictive pericarditis

  • Difficulty breathing (dyspnea) that develops slowly and gets worse
  • Fatigue , excessive tiredness
  • Long-term swelling (edema) of the legs and ankles
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Weakness

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