Constrictive pericarditis from an embolized hypodermic needle: Radiographic, CT and MR imaging findings

Jonathan C. Trent, Theodore K. Lau, Akira Kawashima

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We present the radiographic, computed tomographic (CT), and magnetic resonance (MR) findings in a woman with constrictive pericarditis due to an embolized hypodermic needle. The chest films revealed pleural effusions but no foreign body. The CT showed pericardial thickening and a linear foreign body of metallic attenuation in the right ventricular apex, and MR imaging revealed a signal void with magnetic susceptibility artifact. This case illustrates the capabilities and limitations of CT and MR imaging in hypodermic needle-induced constrictive pericarditis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiac Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 24 2000



  • Constrictive pericarditis
  • CT
  • Hypodermic needle
  • Intravenous drug abuse
  • MR imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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