SAMUEL BELLET, M.D., F.A.C.P.; CARL S. NADLER, M.D.; WILLIAM A. STEIGER, M.D.
The diagnosis of pericardial effusion is frequently difficult to establish by clinical methods. Even when roentgen study is included, the diagnosis may not be simple. In small effusions of no more than 300 c.c, the roentgenologic appearance is not sufficiently characteristic to permit its recognition. In moderate sized and large effusions the cardiac shadow may present the pear shape frequently referred to as characteristic. Nevertheless, large effusions may be confused with, and therefore must be differentiated from, an enlargement of the heart. This differentiation presents many practical difficulties. The purpose of this report is to show that the circulation time
BELLET S, NADLER CS, STEIGER WA. THE CIRCULATION TIME (ARM TO TONGUE TIME) IN LARGE PERICARDIAL EFFUSIONS: AN AID IN THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS BETWEEN LARGE PERICARDIAL EFFUSION AND CARDIAC DILATATION1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:856–861. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-4-856
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(4):856-861.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease.
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