Where Is Pericardial Fluid Located?


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Pericardial fluid is a fluid that is secreted by the serous membrane on the pericardious sac on the outside of the heart. It is found in small amounts in the space between the parietal and visceral laminae. The usual quota of this fluid in the pericardial cavity is 15 to 50ml and is quite akin to the serous fluid in the brain that is necessary for cushioning and has the capability to move semi-freely.

When there is an excess of pericardial fluid it gives rise to a condition known as pericardial effusion. It refers to fluid around the heart and it affects the working of the heart in an adverse manner. This situation cause cardiac tamponade which is an emergency condition caused due to unwanted and excessive accumulation of pericardial fluid in a very short time. This fluid is found near the heart and the roots of the great vessels. Pericardial effusion may prove to be fatal.
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I am 26 weeks pregnant and the doctor said there is too much pericardial fluid surrounding the heart is that dangerous for my child and what can be done about it?

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