Published online by Cambridge University Press: 19 August 2019
A separate chapter is devoted to the pericardium, beginning with congenital absence of pericardium and other congenital defects and cysts. Pericardial effusion is treated in some detail together with the related topics of tamponade and haemorrhage. There are sections on inflammation of the pericardium that also include discussion of post-pericardiotomy syndrome and of constrictive pericarditis. The chapter closes with a short discussion of pericardial tumours.