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    Pericardial effusion ?
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    Lolaloo24 posted:
    Please can a doctor answer for me ASAP ? My recent echo has showed up a new problem. A 1cm echo free space behind right ventricle. Does this mean I have pericardial effusion or fluid in the heart ? I am now having blood tests for kidneys, thyroid, liver etc I also have mild tr, pr and previous history of many pes in lungs.

    Please as I need to know what it means in plain English.

    Many thanks
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    Lolaloo24 responded:
    P.s. Just had bloods back. Potassium is raised hyperkalaemia.
     
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    Lolaloo24 replied to Lolaloo24's response:
    It's 5.8 potassium result
     
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    James_Beckerman_MD responded:
    An "echo free space" can represent a pericardial effusion although sometimes it may represent fat. Your doctor may want to repeat the echocardiogram to look for any changes over time. This decision will also be impacted by any symptoms you are having, and the reason for the echocardiogram in the first place.
     
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    Lolaloo24 replied to James_Beckerman_MD's response:
    Well my potassium came back raised at 5.8 also. The echo free space didn't show up last year as my right ventricle is enlarged. This showed up last months ech (review). Really not being told anything so I'm totally in the dark on this and what's going on. Re test potassium bloods next week.


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