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Epipericardial Fat Necrosis: Sonographic Findings and Their Correlation With Computed Tomography.

Authors
  • Díaz, Jorge1
  • Alegría, Julia2
  • Pérez, Daniel2
  • Medina, Cristián2
  • 1 Diagnostic Imaging Department, Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile [email protected] , (Chile)
  • 2 Diagnostic Imaging Department, Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile. , (Chile)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2016
Volume
35
Issue
10
Pages
2279–2283
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7863/ultra.15.11087
PMID: 27582528
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Epipericardial fat necrosis is a rare cause of chest pain. It presents as pleuritic pain in an otherwise healthy patient. Computed tomography has proved to be the most effective diagnostic imaging technique because of its ability to reveal typical alterations in the cardiophrenic space. As far as we know, sonographic findings concerning this entity have not been reported in the literature. We report 4 cases admitted to our institutional emergency department with chest pain. Among other tests, chest wall sonography was requested in these patients and showed special findings that should be evaluated with chest computed tomography.

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